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Are you ready for the cloud?

Moving to the cloud can help you build your data applications and telecommunications around the way you work.

The cloud has changed the way the world connects and communicates.
Businesses are replacing many of their data applications, back up facilities and telecommunications systems with simple, seamless, cloud-based products that increase productivity, reduce costs and enhance service to employees and customers alike.

Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud?

It’s because cloud computing and cloud telecom increase efficiency, help improve cash flow and offer many more benefits…

Here are some of the best.

1. Flexibility and agility

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors. It’s not surprising that CIOs and IT Directors rank operational agility as a top driver for cloud adoption.

2. Disaster recovery

Businesses of all sizes need to be investing in robust disaster recovery. But for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Cloud is now helping more organizations buck that trend. According to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have implemented cloud-based backup and recovery solutions that save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.

3. Automatic software updates

The beauty of the cloud is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. This leaves you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.

4. No capital expenditures or upfront fees

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a cash flow- friendly subscription-based model.

5. Increased collaboration

When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations. Web-based conferencing (collaboration) enables your teams to work together real-time and even hold video conferencing sessions, which reduces travel costs and maximizes staff work time.

Work is an activity, not a location

6. Work from anywhere at any time

With the cloud, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you are using.

The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy a work-life balance that suits them, without productivity taking a hit.

High Tech has partnered with a number of best of breed cloud services providers — data and telecom — and our knowledgeable representatives are always happy to consult on which services would work best for you.

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