Cloud for Business
Owner of eirtight.ie
JOHN BECKETT, OWNER OF AWARD WINNING SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, EIRTIGHT IS ONE OF IRELAND’S LEADING ENTREPRENEURS. HAVING SET UP, BUILT UP AND SOLD NUMEROUS SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, JOHN KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN GIVE YOUR BUSINESS THE EDGE. HERE HE GIVES HIS TOP TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST FROM CLOUD COMPUTING FOR YOUR BUSINESS.
Getting to grips with the Cloud
What is the cloud?
The cloud and cloud computing are terms used to describe services and applications that are instantly accessible via the internet. These are said to be “in the cloud,” because there are no physical ties; all of the operation is carried out via the use of the internet.
What are some of the cloud applications?
Cloud computing applications include Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive. To see how to get started on Dropbox (which is a cloud file sharing service) watch this helpful video:
What types of cloud computing are there?
There are generally three types of cloud computing: public, which can accessed by anyone with computer; private, which is generally used internally in a business; and hybrid, which is a combination of the above.
WHY BUSINESSES NEED CLOUD COMPUTING
Why do businesses need cloud computing?
The cloud can give businesses a significant competitive advantage if used effectively, and can also provide opportunities for generating new revenue by providing new services to customers. Businesses that aren’t taking advantage of cloud technology will be spending more and getting less than businesses that embrace the technology. Many businesses are seeing the benefits of building their own cloud services either to expand their customer offerings, or to use internally to increase productivity or improve how they run their business.
USING THE CLOUD
How do I get started with cloud computing?
Is there a specific area you want to focus on, such as building or moving your CRM to the cloud, or is there a specific problem that is damaging your business? For example, sales agents being unable to access stock level information while on the road meeting prospective customers is a business problem. Identifying areas in your business that aren’t working as well or smoothly as you’d like them to is a great place to start. Work with a partner to flesh out how you can find quick-win projects that can show a fast return on investment and justify your efforts. Ideally, start small and grow your systems as you gain insight into specific improvements you can make. Is there a service or offering that your customers want or that your competitors are offering? If so, can you do it better or differently to offer something compelling that will help you grow your business through cloud?
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits of cloud computing, including:
- Reduced costs
- Ability to scale quickly
- Very little wastage of resources
- Can expand offerings to customers, or improve running of business overall.