When you move your business on to the cloud, there are many benefits, but one of the most biggest impacts is the one it has on your bottom line. Moving your business to the cloud saves you money in several different ways:
Lower licensing fees
The opportunity for cost saving comes first with the licensing fees. Typically, it is a lot cheaper to secure licensing for productivity suites that are hosted online, so you’ll see immediate savings right there.
Less hardware for your software
Using a cloud or web version of your productivity suite, such as Microsoft Office with Office 365, or Google Apps, you’re not using any in-house infrastructure. This means you no longer need to power a server room or mini-data centre etc, bringing electricity costs down because you no longer need to supply power to it, or air-condition the room that it sits in. You also tend to see less bandwidth use once you get on the cloud. Plus, you obviously don’t need to buy more hardware for data storage going forward.
Whatever cloud system you go with, you’ll find that they all offer ways to work more efficiently. Take, for example, the search feature in Google Apps. When you’re looking for something in the new environment, it is fast and much easier than it would be using a system such as Microsoft Exchange. Somebody who is managing data tends to spend between 30% – 40% of their time looking for data, which is obviously a significant amount of time, so any way you can make that easier will help them do their job more effectively. Increased productivity is a big part of your ROI when you move to the cloud.
Dave Tzagarakis is Director of Sales at Sheepdog, and specializes in helping our clients understand how technology can help meet their business objectives.