It's 9am Monday morning, you've turned up to your business who employs 50 people, and as soon as you walk in the door 5 staff run in your direction yelling and screaming. "What's up?" you ask, where they respond "everything is down!".
It's a stressful situation that you want to avoid as much as possible. With every minute that passes, you're losing money, reputation... and hair. Such occurrences however can be minimized (or in some cases entirely removed) through the use of cloud technologies. Here are 5 cloud technologies you SHOULD be using to improve your business and reduce your risk, and if not, you need ask yourself if your reasons for not taking advantage of cloud still stand.
No. 1 - Business-grade cloud email
whether you love it or hate it, email is not going anywhere. In fact, even in 2018 email is considered the primary form of business communication with over 269 billion emails sent per day, not bad for a technology that's over 50 years old. Email is a very mature technology that you no longer need to run in-house. Cloud services like Office 365 and Google Mail make it very affordable to move your email to the cloud and include a host of value-add services with your subscription. Best of all, no matter what happens in your office, your email will continue to function and your business will continue to trade.
No. 2 - Cloud backup
All data needs to be backed up (local and cloud data), and backup services that integrate with cloud make 'backup' as effective and reliable as it should be. the thing is, very few companies actually do it properly. There's a long standing strategy that needs to be followed when backing up data, and it's called the 3-2-1 backup strategy:
In addition to this, we at CoreTechs IT like to add a ZERO, for zero recovery errors. Appropriate backup and recovery solutions should:
No. 3 - File Storage
Cloud storage solutions like SharePoint Online now enable businesses to replace their on-premises file server with a cloud option. If done properly, cloud file services can function like they are on-premises, are highly secure, and available from any location on any device. Imagine how that would mobilize your business operations!
No. 4 - Cloud Antivirus and Cyber-security protection
We all know Antivirus is essential, but not all are made equal. In addition to using a reputable Antivirus solution you should also be using a centrally managed cloud-based Antivirus solution and external email filtering. Solutions such as Sophos Endpoint Protection and Intercept X not only protect you from the latest threats, but they can:
No. 5 - Telecommunications
It was always inevitable, but nowadays it's the norm; you no longer need an on-premises telephone system! Whether it's Telstra-based Skype For business or other platforms that allow you to call any phone number, text and video chat from any device anywhere in the world, the need to have a PABX box on the wall is gone. At CoreTechs IT, we have migrated many customers to cloud-based telephony systems that work flawlessly and deliver real value back to the business.
So there you have it, 5 quality examples of cloud-based systems that can take your business to the next level and return real value back to your business. Imagine, your office is out of action (for whatever reason) and your 50+ staff can still access their emails, files, take phone calls and have all company data backed up while maintaining your business security; now that's a modern workplace!