SMBs can boost efficiency using the cloud

Monday 7 January 2013

Moving to the cloud can help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) operate more efficiently in 2013, it has been claimed.

Writing for Business 2 Community, Edel Flood said the advent of cloud computing is "perhaps the most significant technological development affecting small businesses today".

Running applications from and storing files on a virtual drive hosted on the web does away with the need for bulky, expensive servers and other IT equipment, she stated.

Businesses can also reduce spending on items such as filing cabinets if they combine the cloud with a shift towards paperless working, Ms Flood claimed.

"One of the great things about cloud computing is that it has become an extremely competitive marketplace, with providers jostling with each other to provide the most cost-effective service to businesses," she noted.

"So, you can really take advantage of this by shopping around to find the best-priced cloud solution to make your cash go as far as possible."

Writing for Cloud Tech, Britt Cooper explained that the use of hosted services can help reduce IT costs and lead to efficiencies and operational improvements across the enterprise.

She noted that use of cloud services offers "unprecedented accessibility" to IT resources across multiple locations and access points.

Posted by Alex Boardman