For small businesses, the move to cloud technology comes with a specific set of concerns and challenges. We here to help show you the many benefits that cloud technology solutions can provide for small businesses.
What is the cloud?
Before we get started, what do we mean by cloud solutions? The cloud is a network of remote servers accessed via the internet. It's a virtual storage space where you can store and access your data and applications without having to rely on physical computers or servers.
Cloud technology has grown massively in recent years, hand in hand with the rise in remote working, and all businesses, large and small, can benefit from the increased flexibility and accessibility facilitated by cloud solutions.
Increasing numbers of applications are now also moving to cloud-only, which starts to limit the technology options for those businesses still deciding whether to make the move to the cloud.
At Bam Boom Cloud we strongly believe that small businesses should have equal and affordable access to the very latest and best tech solutions. We sell Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC)- Microsoft's finance system designed for small businesses - and we sell it on a cloud-only basis because of the countless additional benefits available with the cloud. If you're nervous about making the move, read our five top reasons to move to the cloud below.
Five reasons small businesses need cloud technology solutions!
The benefits of cloud technology are huge, and cloud solutions really do offer so much potential for a small business to overcome tech challenges, improve their processes and create efficiencies.
1. Cloud technology solutions are more cost-effective
Small businesses don't have unlimited IT budgets and cost is understandably the primary concern for most businesses considering moving to the cloud - the cost of making the switch, the ongoing costs, and the risk of unexpected or hidden fees.
The truth is cloud technology solutions are more cost-effective than traditional IT systems. You lose the upfront costs of buying and maintaining hardware and software. Instead, you only pay for the services you need and it's on a subscription basis, making it more affordable in the long run.
Launchpad for Business Central uses a subscription model to make BC more affordable and accessible to small businesses. And the move to a cloud accounting solution isn't the only cost saving you'll benefit from with BC - read about the cost of not switching here.
2. Cloud technology solutions offer improved data security
All business owners are concerned about the security of their data, and it is one of the reasons people can be hesitant to make any changes. However, in most cases cloud technology solutions provide improved data security for small businesses because cloud providers typically have more robust security measures in place than small businesses can implement on their own.
With a Microsoft cloud application like BC, best-in-class security is part of the package. Data in cloud apps are also backed up regularly, helping protect against data loss in case of a disaster or cyber-attack.
3. Cloud technology solutions are scalable
Another advantage of cloud technology solutions is that they are highly flexible and scalable. Small businesses can easily add or remove resources as needed, without having to invest in additional hardware or software. This flexibility helps small businesses adjust to changing needs in real-time and avoid wasting resources or paying for services that aren't needed.
4. Cloud solutions make life easier for employees
With cloud solutions, employees can access the same systems and data no matter where they are based, across multiple devices and locations, helping improve collaboration and productivity.
In the case of Microsoft cloud solutions, app integration is another huge benefit for employees. If you already use M365 you will find that cloud apps such as Business Central talk to the software you use every day, including Teams, Excel and Outlook. Online and self-guided training is available to enable your team to get up to speed in their own time and on their own terms.
5. Cloud technology solutions help provide better customer service
Finally, cloud technology solutions can help small businesses provide better customer service and improve customer satisfaction and loyalty. BC includes core CRM functionality to enable small businesses to track customer interactions across multiple channels and provide a more personalized service.
From cost savings to improved accessibility and security, there is no question that cloud solutions can help small businesses supercharge their growth with technology.
The right technology has the potential to future-proof your business systems and Bam Boom Cloud's 25+ years of experience means we understand your challenges and can offer proven solutions that support strong business growth.