YOUR VISION YOUR CLOUD. Microsoft Azure is a cloud service that allows your business to build a portion of your tech environment in the cloud. Need an app in the cloud? Go Azure. Need storage in the cloud? Go Azure. Need to compute in the cloud? Go Azure. Azure’s got you covered. Microsoft Azure is a great place to build your tech environment. But there’s a catch. It has to make sense.
Spoiler alert. The future of small business tech is still… Cloud. I was in a conversation the other day and someone asked the question. Where do you see tech in the next 8 to 10 years? My answer as usual was cloud. If you’ve followed my articles for any stretch of time you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of cloud. Ever since the inception of the internet I’ve been preaching cloud.
12 REASONS WHY CLOUD IS COOL
1—It’s Always On, Always Accessible
2—It Offers Flexible Pricing Plans
3—It Helps You With Compliance and Privacy
4—You Can Collaborate Inside and Outside Your Organization
5—It Makes You Look Good
6—You Get Built-In Safety and Security
7—It’s User Friendly
9—No Updating or Patching Required
10—You Don’t Have To Worry About Servers And Maintenance
11—It'll grow with your business
12—Software Licensing Is Built-In
EMAIL IN THE CLOUD BABY! Gone are the days of an email server in your office. And while an argument can still be made for people who still use Hosted Microsoft Exchange or have a private email server. The reality is this… It’s just not needed. Services like Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite offer way more benefits than an on premise or dedicated server ever could.
Putting your company data in the cloud using services like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive/Sharepoint opens the door to new possibilities. The amount of visibility and control over storing your companies data on a traditional server in the office is awesome. And it’s built-in to these cloud storage platforms. It does take some effort to get things set up. But the benefits are huge.
In the right place at the right time. Have you ever had a file deleted and wondered who deleted it? Have you ever had an employee take data off of your network and then quit? Have you ever had an employee leak data by accident? Concerned about PII or PHI data coming into or leaving your environment? If so, using cloud storage could help your business.
Can’t we all just get along? Historically there have been some challenges when sharing documents back and forth between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 apps. The most notable of these exchanges has been between Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. The workflow usually goes something like this. Someone makes a document in Excel and then emails it to a Google Sheets user. The Google Sheets user then opens the workbook in Sheets and makes some edits.
I have the opportunity to work with several businesses and their tech. I work with clients that are 100% cloud. I work with clients that are 100% on site. And, I work with clients that land somewhere in the middle. The Industry for term for it is Hybrid Cloud. Which unfortunately most of the time - means the company hasn’t decided on which way they want to go.