It’s all well and good to trumpet that the cloud is “great for business.” We could talk all day about how you can streamline operations with cloud computing or you can improve productivity by having universal access to your systems, but that doesn’t answer the most important question:
How do you actually START using the cloud?
At Cohn Consulting Corporation, we start not by showing off a particular cloud system, but by asking some key questions about your business that will influence our recommendations:
Do you know just what the cloud is?
It’s okay to say that you don’t. There are a lot of misconceptions about cloud technology floating around out there, and many business owners get lost in the conflicting information they receive. When you don’t know what you’re getting into, it’s all too easy to just brush aside the question or to hurry into the first solution you come across. We can make sure you get the right information and a proper explanation, so you can make an informed decision.
Just how many people use your systems?
Do you give access only to your employees, or do you want your vendors or clients to be able to access information from you, too?
The biggest value from the cloud is the easy access to data it grants. You can make as much or as little information available online as you like, and you can easily control WHO has access to that information.
What do you want to get out of the cloud?
Are you trying to upgrade old technology? Maybe you’re just looking to save money where you can and even out your cash flow. There’s no wrong answer here, but there are different solutions that provide different benefits, and knowing exactly why you want to move to the cloud will ensure you get the right one for your needs.
Where do you want to work, and how much access do you want outside of the office?
People talk about using the cloud to work from home. Is that what you’re looking for? Do you want EVERYTHING you use on your work computer to be available outside the office, or just specific files you want to share?
What kind of applications do you use every day to get work done?
Do you need a variety of programs, or is there one particular one you rely upon?
It’s possible to make entire systems available out of the cloud, and it’s also possible to just take a single program (like QuickBooks for example) and move it to the cloud to be accessed remotely. Maybe you only want to have your financials available for sharing with your accountant. Or maybe you want every single program you use shared for everyone in your business. The decision will determine just how broad a cloud solution you need.
There’s no cookie-cutter solution for the cloud. Every business has unique needs, and the best way to leverage the power of the cloud is to take the time to analyze those needs and find the right solution to meet them.
Cohn Consulting Corporation is ready to help. We’ve been “doing cloud” for years, and we can make sure you get the advice and options you need to make an informed decision about how to use the cloud to your best advantage. Call us at (770) 321-5532 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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