3 Cloud-Based Advantages to Give Your Business a Boost
A decade ago, desktop computers ruled the technology world. For today’s expanding virtual workforce device flexibility is a must. After the massive shift of 2020, many employees and managers expect telecommuting to remain constant. According to one widely cited Upwork Future of Workforce Pulse Report, 1 in 4 Americans will be working remotely by the end of 2021, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.
For businesses, this can lead to some difficult questions: Is it worth paying high maintenance costs for older machines or licensing fees for legacy software applications? Is it easier to secure data stored on a cloud-based platform compared to an on-premises server? Can a modern business save money, increase employee satisfaction, AND leverage the flexibility of the cloud?
In many cases, the answer is yes. Innovative solutions like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) allow you to empower your staff with enterprise-grade performance, integrated connectivity across all devices, and reliable access permissions that maintain data security.
While no single solution fits every business, Effective Data’s EDI Cloud Solution is the answer to many. Some of the ways Effective Data’s Cloud Solution can help includes:
- Business applications hosted in the cloud can function better - Gone are the days of installation discs and physical copies of new or updated software. Instead, today’s cloud-based applications and Software-as-a-Service solutions deliver on-demand access anytime, anywhere, and on any device. The other big benefit of SaaS is that software updates and security patches can be delivered without interruption, eliminating the day-to-day downtime that can put a significant dent in productivity.
- Virtual desktops provide flexibility and increase scalability - Another big cloud trend is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Don’t let the acronym scare you though—virtual desktops that “live” in the cloud are more common than you think. (Picture the dashboard for a tool like Google Drive and you’ll get an idea.) Business-grade virtual desktops can help your company centralize data management and expand mobile availability, giving your employees the access they need on networks you know are secure. This innovative solution is particularly helpful as new users and devices come on board or as old employees leave the company.
- Cloud-based infrastructure eliminates the disruption of physical maintenance - Not long ago, businesses that were growing fast would have to make long-term plans for expanding physically: more servers, bigger server rooms, and even higher utility bills to power all of that equipment. Replacing a server or upgrading its operating system every five years added a costly and disruptive element to the strategy—and power outages or hardware failure could hamper business operations at any moment. Now, cloud-based infrastructure can help companies grow with agility, reducing hardware costs and enabling better budget forecasting.
Don’t worry if these cloud-based options and applications all sound confusing—Effective Data is here to help. We will make this transition smooth and effortless which is why you should work with someone who helps you define goals, prioritize security, and embrace collaboration. We have experience working with businesses of all sizes and budgets to leverage the cloud and plan for a future untethered from costly server stacks and outdated office computers.
Are you ready to invest in your company’s future and empower your employees? Does an increase in productivity combined with a reduction in costs sound good to you? If so, contact Effective Data today.