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How Cloud Computing Can Help Your Business

A common misconception of cloud computing is that it is difficult and expensive to set up

While articles on cloud computing are popping up everywhere, very few actually understand what it is and how it can help in business. In reality, cloud computing is all about making access to data easier regardless of your location.

Cloud computing enables users to store files and software remotely, instead of keeping data on a server in their office where it is inaccessible. In reality, many employees may be already using cloud computing without even realizing it. For example, Skype is a form of cloud computing. An example of business-focused clouding computing can include utilizing CRM systems (customer relationship management). Both examples house the data in a remote location and the user "logs on" to access it from any location. Companies that offer cloud computing solutions, such as service cloud from Salesforce, have experience in understanding what is needed for a company to succeed with cloud computing and can then develop and implement a solution that will work for any size company.

Thanks to the flexibility of cloud computing, employees can keep working, regardless of their location or time of day. As long as an Internet connection is available, cloud computing is accessible. It also allows for remote collaboration, so employees and customers do not need to travel great distances to work together, which can save travel expenses. In most cases, documents can even be viewed simultaneously and worked as a group on from remote locations.

A common misconception of cloud computing is that it is difficult and expensive to set up. This is far from the truth. Generally speaking, cloud computing is less expensive and easier to install than traditional server systems. Since it is installed on a remote system, it is far less challenging to manage. The software and server space is usually subscription-based, so the server management and upkeep is handled by the cloud computing company. This provides a more flexible and less expensive solution over the long term. It can oftentimes also be scaled up or down as needed.

Whether or not a cloud computing solution makes sense for a specific company will vary based on multiple factors. However, as more and more cloud computing solutions become available and easier to implement, it is certainly worth researching.

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