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What is the Cloud and is it Useful for Small Businesses?

From the Editor's Desk
Jul 16th, 2015
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    1Moving to the cloud is a "must-do." 2Cloud technology has its pitfalls. 3Be sure to have a plan when you migrate.
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It’s 2015 and we are quickly immersing ourselves as a society into cloud based technologies. As baby boomers retire and millennials begin to come of age restrictions are loosening on where we work, when we work and on what device we work from.

For some, understanding what the “cloud” is might be more difficult than others. For the purposes of simplicity, it might be easiest to think of it like a virtual storage cabinet where you can access all your documents and files from anywhere. To be in the “cloud” means having ease of access, along with privacy and security.

In 2015, most small businesses are waking up to the importance of staying ahead of the IT curve. While companies continue to become more “connected” for the sake of increased capacity and ability to deliver a superb product, they also do it in order to maintain a competitive edge within their respective industry.

Pitfalls of cloud-based data

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There’s undeniable excitement and momentum surrounding cloud computing. Cloud based businesses are booming, and a new age of technology migrants are poised to leverage their innate expertise with innovate technologies in the global economy.

However, for each of the many benefits that comes with the cloud and its seemingly endless “architecture,” there are potential pitfalls.

For one thing, the cloud and most cloud based businesses rely heavily on the reliability of one’s Internet connection. The sky’s the limit at a big office with a very reliable Internet connection and a large bandwidth, but it might be difficult to work on the cloud at the same capacity in a home or public environment with an internet connection that pales in comparison.

But the main downside of the cloud is much more serious than having a spotty internet connection or an unreliable cellular provider. One of the largest concerns about migrating to the cloud revolves around data protection.

Data protection, or perhaps the lack thereof, can be anywhere from a minor nuisance to an immense cyber attack. This is the largest and perhaps scariest risk that comes with the cloud and cloud based technologies. The development of a global economy that’s reliant on the cloud and its architecture leaves much room for error and plenty of space for criminal activity.

Implementing cloud-based technology

Another potential pitfall is faulty implementation. Unless you have a tech savvy employee or an IT contractor on call, attempting to move into the cloud without a plan could mean time (and therefore money) lost.

Always remember that migrating a company into the cloud should have a plan, a process, IT maintenance and continuous training. Keeping all of these things in mind will save any business the painful experience of moving forward blindly. Move into the cloud with eyes wide open.

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From the Editor's Desk

This article was written by a bizHUMM Staff Writer. We aim to provide practical tips that help solve your burning small business questions. If you have any suggestions or ideas for articles, please email them to: editor@bizhumm.com