Cloud computing is no longer new technology. In fact, if your business isn’t already using it, it’s likely to be on your radar. Not least because of the cost-savings it offers savvy firms. However, while many organisations are capitalising on the power of the cloud, law firms and other professional businesses have been slower to make the switch, primarily due to concerns about data and security.
But today, reputable cloud vendors will make security a key priority; providing a reliable, secure infrastructure that outstrips what most companies can build for themselves. Let’s face it it’s in their business interests to do so. In fact, substantial investment would be necessary to make an onsite solution match the security and reliability of the cloud. Moreover, for those firms that still don’t like the idea of storing sensitive data externally, a hybrid approach to provides an excellent solution; with dedicated servers used to store highly confidential information, and the cloud used to support less sensitive data.
However, if you do decide to move data to the cloud, it is vital to ensure your cloud provider understands the risks and can advise you on how to deploy IT solutions without an unnecessary exposure. Ask them whether they can conduct threat assessments that look at the devices being used across your firm, the info these devices have access to, how information is being accessed, and any risks you are exposed to. And always be sure to specify security as part of your SLAs.
So security issues addressed, let’s take a quick look at why professional service firms should move to the cloud.
- It supports mobile working
Today, fewer people sit at their desks 9-5 than ever before; with mobile technology, hosted desktop solutions, and the shifting expectations of employees driving this change. In fact, mobile working is now more important to 67% of staff than a company car. In response, businesses must do more to meet this desire for new and flexible ways of working, or lose sought-after employees to competitors that will. Cloud technology allows employees to remain permanently connected, no matter where they are in the world.
- It can help you close the gender gap
While the government has introduced mandatory gender pay gap reporting to help deal with the fact that women earn less than their male counterparts, getting rid of the glass ceiling and addressing the more subtle barriers to career advancement is an even bigger challenge. As long as women remain the primary caregivers for their children, a rigid attachment to traditional office hours is always going to be tricky (particularly for mothers returning from maternity leave). Cloud-computing facilitates more flexible and more mobile working practices, and has the potential to play a significant role in closing the gender gap.
- It supports business growth
Many businesses are already leveraging the cloud to extract quantifiable value from big data. And, experts predict that it won’t be long before the majority of professional service organisations move all (or most) of their data to cloud servers.
By bringing together processes and data, firms can access enhanced management information, and this can lead to more informed decision making; particularly when you can get real-time access to this info.
- It’s cost-effective
Rather than relying on your own IT infrastructure, with cloud computing, there is no costly hardware to buy, and firms are free from the hassle of running and maintaining their own server. Likewise, storage capacity, processing power, memory, and network bandwidth are all part of a shared kit, so you get better equipment for your business, at a fraction of the price.
Cloud-technology also does away with pricey contracts. Instead, firms usually pay a monthly subscription fee or are billed based on actual usage. Furthermore, service providers roll out updates on an ongoing basis at no additional charge. You can also scale up and down with your business, with the ability to set up accounts for new users and order more storage space in a matter of minutes.
At Cloud Geeni, our cloud services consistently achieve the highest level of data security and reliability. We also ensure you experience little to no downtime. For example, we provide 99.9% uptime for all cloud services. To find out how our cloud services can benefit your firm, speak to a member of our team on 01942 263 434 or request a demo today.