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How to Integrate the Cloud into Your Business

26th September 2019

Businesses require cutting-edge technologies in order to operate efficiently. In the modern business age, with digital technology developing at a rapid pace, there is no more important alteration you can make to your business than adopting certain technologies and processes that help you automate and drive efficiency through the cloud. The cloud is essentially an external storage area and it’s here that so much can be gained for businesses, in terms of saving storage on company hardware, and onboarding key applications and software that’s based entirely in the cloud. Here’s how to do it.

Target Weak Spots

Where is your company acting least efficiently? Where might your business benefit the most from the benefits offered by the cloud? This is your first port of call when considering how exactly to integrate the cloud in your company systems. You need to ensure that you’re not duplicating processes as you add cloud services to your business’ repertoire and the best way to do this is to rule out certain areas, and underscore others, where necessary. From here, you’ll be ready to look to cloud friendly business to onboard and integrate with.

Approach Software Providers

With the rise of digital technology comes a steady stream of ‘software-as-a-service’ provisions, all of which are offered by companies experienced in the onboarding and integrating of their software into businesses large and small. Nonetheless, the onus is on you and your company to find the right provider to help you make use of the special abilities afforded by the cloud. Look into Microsoft volume licensing, for instance, to get you onto Microsoft’s cloud – with all the benefits that this includes. Remember that different companies run different clouds, including:

·         Apple - whose cloud is often used for entertainment media

·         Google - which is used predominantly for individual and professional use

·         Microsoft - which has perhaps the best pedigree in the cloud business space

·         Many smaller providers that keep your data safe and your files secure

Therefore, finding the correct provider, which provides access to the cloud-based services that you identified as lacking in your own company, is an initial consideration when looking at ways to integrate with the cloud.

Integrating with Your Business

Now is the time to consider how exactly you’ll integrate the cloud’s provisions with those that you have saved onto your computer hard drives and into your company’s digital infrastructure. This would be a tricky process if it weren’t for the IT specialists who, more often that not, will be provided to help you onboard. If you’re not offered these personnel, you’ll likely need to either look to your own IT staff, or find a technology specialist who can train a member of staff in exactly what your new cloud-based products will do.

Without someone in your company who’s trained in the use of cloud-based products, you may struggle to integrate their services efficiently. It’s therefore recommended that you find individuals to help you every step of the way.

The cloud is a priceless resource for modernising businesses; an important step in your own digitisation process. 

Posted by Mark at 4:48pm

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