However in order to take advantage of what this future brings, I also feel it is vital to start adopting cloud computing solutions as part of any plans. Yet, too many business people are still entrenched in ways of working that are more akin to the 20th century than the 21st century. As a result, they will get left behind.
It doesn’t have to be that way if you are prepared seriously to look at how web-based solutions can benefit your business, but what are the advantages – particularly for SMEs?
Apart from potential cost reductions, one major benefit of the virtual world of the internet is data storage and access. All you need is a device and an internet connection. However, storing data on the web isn’t just an advantage for someone working away, it can benefit those working back at the office as well. To start with, the computer hard drive won’t get clogged with files.
Moreover, online storage options can act as a backup if you still prefer to us traditional storage methods.
Isn’t it dangerous to offload data to a third party?
In short, the answer is no. Data security is no more a problem when using online systems as it is using offline storage devices such as pen drives. In fact, I would suggest that it is far more dangerous to store important information on offline gadgets.
So, as 2013 approaches, why not take a closer look at the cloud.