As tax season wraps up, you’re probably taking stock of your expenses, wondering where you can cut back on your IT budget. Maybe you’ve started to reconsider your overhead costs and are looking for ways to protect your business, either by cutting excess expenses or simply ensuring that no matter what lies ahead, your stability and success need to be ensured.
Implementing a cloud-based management system can be a clear and easy way to reduce costs, increase productivity, and downsize your space. Whether your business has maintained, reduced, or expanded in the past year, considering the move to cloud management will likely streamline your IT department’s processes and free up time to dedicate to more pressing issues. Let’s check out the benefits of migrating to the cloud.
SAVE ON INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS
If you are currently hosting your own website and platform, how much time is dedicated to the health, performance, and security of the platform and your website? Do you have a dedicated IT team or team member to oversee all of these tasks? By switching to a cloud management service, all of this can be eliminated from your team’s plate—allowing them to focus on projects and client services.
Cloud management can reduce your overhead and maintenance costs since the host is responsible for all ongoing tasks related to managing your platform(s). The peace of mind alone should be worth the initial investment, as you won’t have to be the one personally responsible for fixing a sudden problem in the middle of the night.
Cloud management platforms adapt to your needs quickly and succinctly, all while saving you time and money. Server maintenance, repairs, expansion, etc., are all controlled offsite, providing your organization with an easy path to growth.
This facet of cloud management helps alleviate unforeseen issues. For instance, if your online business has increased, the cloud management company will be responsible for ensuring your website can handle all of the traffic without crashing. What a relief, right? Of course, this also means you’re only paying for the bandwidth you need and no extra costs.
In terms of scalability, the cloud has the potential to grow with your organization—it can be customized to your needs faster and more efficiently than managing your server onsite. This simplifies your budget and may help free up some capital to invest in other business needs. Get the computing power you need when you need it.
REDUCED HARDWARE COSTS
If you currently house servers internally, then you know how expensive it is to maintain them; the high-cost energy bills to keep them cool, plus the time and money it takes to update the servers. Fortunately, all of these costs are included with your engagement with a cloud platform. This means hardware, software, and services are all customized in your plan without pushing you to pay and maintain expensive equipment and could likely decrease your payroll expenditures. With less focus on interruptions of service, your IT team can be pared down to focus on greater goals and projects. After all, time is money!
Before you jump into a cloud management service, make sure to take stock of what you need and what you aren’t sure about. Any cloud management service you look into will be able to help determine what kind of plan will best meet your needs. Most services are a month-to-month cost, which means you’ll only be paying for what you need.
There’s no doubt that your data is precious to your business, so you must ensure that it stays protected from threats—both externally and internally. Operating from the cloud permits you to keep your most sensitive data accessible to authorized users while protecting it from those who aren’t.
Many businesses find comfort in the fact that most cloud solutions offer excellent security protocols that set a great foundation of cybersecurity that you can build on. If you’re interested in making your organization more secure, fill out our survey to assess your security needs. Upon completing this 2-minute survey, one of our in-house experts will reach out with the results.
STREAMLINE YOUR IT WITH EXACT IT
During these times of economic uncertainty and so many drastic changes, maybe this is the sign you need to consider that drastic change in your IT operations. At Exact IT, we can help determine what your needs will be and can help you transition to a stress-free cloud management plan. Reach out today to speak with one of our experts!
Exact IT Consulting’s comprehensive suite of proactive and innovative technology solutions can help you make strategic, long-term IT decisions. Our experienced IT professionals can assist with physical-to-cloud server migrations, cloud backup solutions, Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure setup, and more.