Cloud technology has developed and grown exponentially over the last decade. It is now a given that successful businesses use cloud technology to store, access and work with large data sets. As data becomes valued as the ‘next gold’, the cloud is where most people will look to mine this data.
The use of big data for small business growth is key and the only way that this will be possible is to have access to cloud storage and computing power. The cloud is the simplest way to compete on an even playing field where software, data storage, data management and application development are concerned.
How your business can reap the benefits from the cloud:
There is a lot of information out there that you should access and read as to the functionality and uses of the cloud. The number of public and private cloud platforms has grown incredibly rapidly and every website you access pretty much extolls the benefits and uses of the cloud, however, engaging in these discussions and with the available technology will be impossible without a detailed understanding of the cloud. A great starting point is online digital cloud training with an approved digital provider. This will provide you with the foundational cloud knowledge that you will need to be able to fully understand your own cloud needs and the possibilities for your business.
Choose the cloud provider or platform carefully
Once informed, it will be a lot simpler to choose a service provider for your cloud needs. As aforementioned the number of cloud computing offers are numerous and varied and as such with enough time spent you will be able to find a product that will perfectly suit your business’ needs. Many advocate for going with the industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google or Amazon, however, there are also various private, geographic or industry specific providers that are worth investigating. Speak to people in your supply chain, research who your competitors use and read the reviews.
As you put more data online and use the available software and services, so to do you open additional avenues of infiltration and misuse of this data. Cybercrime is a modern reality and just as the stagecoach of old needed protection, so too does your data and company information. If it can happen to the largest of firms such as Facebook in 2019, affecting 540 million users, First American Financial in 2019, affecting over 855 million users, and the Marriott Group in 2018, affecting 500 million users, then even your small business can have its data stolen and reputation compromised. It is a common occurrence for user information to be stolen and then used in fraud and cyber theft. Thus, no matter what it is you do in the cloud, ensure that you have a solid cybersecurity protocol in place and that all access to your data and network is safe and secure.
Keep up to date
Once informed, it is advisable to keep the knowledge gained from digital cloud training current and up to date. With the speed at which things are changing with regard to cloud and networked technologies it is important to read reviews, tech updates and industry specific news. The recent pandemic is a great example of how fast the tech, infrastructure and security protocols change as the cloud was inundated by the unprecedented increases in remote worker access and online trading. If your business does not keep abreast of the most recent cloud computing trends, then it is most probable that you will be left behind your competition.
Compatibility and integration
Use what the masses are using – if you want to grow your business then you need to use the cloud tech to link up and network. Use software and applications that are being used by your potential customers and clients, as well as your supply chain. Furthermore, the software and applications that you choose to use must be able to be integrated, so that your sales and marketing are linked to your supply chain and production processes. The cloud can allow for this and ensure that you have a strategic supply chain.
The tech is out there and now readily available to all. How your business uses the cloud will be key to your future success. The tips herein should make taking that first step a lot easier.