Nowadays, being in clouds is not a bad thing. Cloud technology providers have brought many advantages to how we work together and do business. They have enabled us to work from anywhere, whenever we want – which also sparked a soar in the remote work economy.
By 2018, almost all organizations integrated cloud services in some way (96%). This year, it’s safe to assume that the number is even closer to 100%.
It’s the most collaborative-friendly technology out there. When you migrate to the cloud, colleagues can work on the same document without worrying about it going missing. It simply enables us to do the best work we possibly can and provide our end-users with the best experience, easier than ever.
The Difference Between Using On-Premise and Cloud Technology Providers
Given that cloud technology is what we use in most of our apps and tools today, it’s a bit hard to remember how things worked before it. However, many companies still use on-premise software.
11 Reasons to Integrate Cloud Applications
As you can see, the basic differences between on-premise and cloud software already show that cloud is more efficient and flexible. There are also many other reasons why companies choose to integrate cloud services in their day-to-day operations. Here are other reasons why you should opt for cloud integration:
Lower Initial Investment
As we have already outlined in the table above, integrating cloud technologies is much cheaper than on-premise software. When you opt for non-cloud technologies, your investments are so much more than the mere cost of subscription. You also have to invest in hardware, train your staff, invest in maintenance and much more. With cloud integration, all of these services are included in your subscription model.
If you have ever introduced on-premise in your company, you know how long it can take, and how much of a toll it can take on your everyday operational abilities. Sometimes, employing a new program on all your corporate devices can take weeks, and it takes even more to actually make it a broadly-used program. With cloud services, you can start using the service practically instantly, as soon as you fund the subscription.
Opportunities for Integration with Other Technologies
Cloud technology gives you the best possible platform to completely connect all of your apps, tools and programs. Cloud services providers are absolutely aware of the importance of connectivity in today’s business environments, so all cloud apps are always integration-friendly.
Opportunities for Integration with Your Existing Software
Just like you can integrate your cloud tech with other technologies, you can also integrate it into the software you already have implemented in your company. This way, you can expand and upgrade the features that your current software offers, while also adding all the benefits of doing business on the cloud.
Access to Apps from Any Device and Any Location
This is one of the major benefits of cloud integration in today’s work environment. As you are aware, we don’t do our work solely on our company computers anymore. It’s also very handy to be able to access business software from your phone, tablet or other devices.
Cloud-integrated business apps also give employees the opportunity to work from home, which will differentiate you as an employer and increase your employee satisfaction.
Reduction of In-House Hardware, Software and IT Work Hours
Obviously, when you use cloud services, you won’t need to have any of the hardware necessary to run the programs actually present on your premises. These types of apps will also reduce your need for other software tools, and can reduce the number of work hours the IT department spends on running and maintaining software (since it’s all run by the cloud service provider).
No Maintenance Costs
“Maintenance is taken care of by the cloud service provider, not in-house. This frees up resources that you would normally spend on hiring maintenance staff or outsourcing the work”, says Tim Hollins, a technology writer.
You won’t even have to increase your costs as the company grows, as is the case with in-house software.
Cloud software is updated by the provider every time there’s a new fix or an upgrade, so you don’t even have to think about it. It’s also always included in the subscription price, which is often not the case with in-house software. This way, you will never have to worry about being behind with updates and security.
IT security is something that many software manufacturers list as the downside of cloud migration. However, the fact is that protection and security are handled by your provider, which means they guarantee that your data and documents stay secure. If something were to happen to your data, you wouldn’t be responsible for it and you wouldn’t have to invest additional resources to fix the security glitch.
Another major benefit of cloud integration: your data cannot get lost! Data backups are constant. We all know how much issues can arise when a document gets lost in the final stage of the working process. When this happens, not only is it costly to make up for all the work and resources, but it’s also unprofessional and can be very de-motivating to your employees.
Adding or Removing Resources
Subscription models of cloud integrations are very flexible and you can change things on the go. When you identify that you have no use for a particular feature of the software or you want to downgrade/upgrade your plan, you can do it in a matter of minutes. It’s not as complicated as with in-house software.
There are even more benefits to cloud integration that we have listed here, which you can discover and utilize based on your company’s needs and preferences.
One of the important advantages is also that many cloud subscription models now come on a monthly basis, so you can better organize your budget and exit the subscription more easily.
If you want to be a flexible and adaptable company, the only way to achieve it is to use flexible technology and resources – and when it comes to that, there’s nothing better than cloud integration.
About the Author: Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she works as a freelance writer at TrustMyPaper and GrabMyEssay. Kristin runs her own FlyWriting blog.