The cloud is no longer a new technology, but it continues to grow. The cloud can do so much for companies. There are numerous services available that can save companies money, energy, and time, and that can make their day-to-day operations run much more smoothly. Unfortunately, many of these services aren’t very well-known. So many businesses are missing out on these benefits because they don’t know they exist. Here are a few of the best services available on the cloud.
Storage may be what the cloud is most famous for. You may even have cloud storage already. If you don’t, you should definitely look into it. Cloud storage is one of the safest ways to keep up with your data. When you store data on the cloud, it almost always stores multiple copies in multiple places. This is the safest configuration for storage, in fact, many businesses use the cloud as backup storage as well. Storage on the cloud is generally cheaper than on-site storage, because the company that offers the storage will set up a single storage center, with a single maintenance staff, and then rent it out to multiple companies, rather than each company setting up their own space.
There are numerous companies on the web that will be happy to become your accounting department. All that you have to provide is one or two people to input the data, and everything else is taken care of. Their software and staff will complete the accounting work, and then all of the records will be stored and backed up on the cloud for you to access whenever you need them. Like the storage space, this is often much cheaper than running an in-house accounting department, because the cloud company already has everything set up and can charge much less than it would cost you.
This service is similar to the accounting services. You can hire a cloud company to take care of your HR services. You can put all of your forms, from the application to the W-2, online. Applicants will go through the cloud company, and once they are hired, their files will be stored on the cloud, by the provider. These companies can take care of wages, benefits, and anything else you need, and they’re also generally less expensive than what it would cost you to do it yourself.
One of the greatest things about the cloud is the ability to collaborate. For example, perhaps one of your sales people has a question about a client on the other side of the country. Instead of trying to communicate with a sales person who is far away to find the correct client and compare separate notes, they can both pull up the company-wide version of the client’s file and discus, using the cloud. Or maybe the management staff is holding a quarterly meeting. Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars to fly them and all of their important documents to the same place, they can simply meet from the comfort of their own offices, through the cloud.
Online sales and inventory management
Online sales is a great channel to boost income, but it wouldn’t be possible without the cloud. Inventory management is a software that often comes with online sales that tracks inventory and forecasts sales and reorder dates. It also functions best on the cloud, especially if it’s tracking inventories in multiple warehouses across the country.
The cloud is an amazing thing. If you’d like to know more about what cloud can do for your company, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re experts and will be happy to help you with anything that you need.