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So what is the cloud?

The cloud is where you put all your data, all your files and even your software so you can access it all from any computer or device, anywhere, at any time. See the difference the cloud can make in how you work, bank, communicate, sell and buy.

The cloud is much easier for everyone – you just log in and it works. Imagine: you don’t have to install files, worry about versions, or deal with patches and upgrades. Just log in.
Let the cloud set you free  The big benefit of cloud computing is that it lets you get at your data anytime, anywhere. The cloud breaks the chain between your office computer and your business information.  Need access to your business bank account while you're on the move? No problem with the cloud. Want to buy office supplies while you're on the train? It's easy. Need to update your accounts while you're out of the office? Now you can.  With the cloud there's no need to keep all your files and applications on a single computer – no need to worry about backups, theft, data loss, support and upgrades. It's all taken care of by dedicated teams of technical people. You no longer have to worry about what's happening behind the scenes.  The cloud takes the stress out of computing. It lets you use computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices to access all your business information – seamlessly, securely and in real time. Just log in and go, anytime and anywhere.

Five ways cloud software benefits your business:

  1. You have a clear overview of your current financial position, in real-time.
  2. Multi-user access makes it easy to collaborate online with your team
    and advisors.
  3. Automatic updates mean you can spend more time doing what you love.
  4. Everything is run online, so there’s nothing to install and everything is backed up automatically. Updates are free and instantly available.
  5. Upfront business costs are reduced – version upgrades, maintenance, system administration costs and server failures are no longer issues. Instead, they are managed by a cloud service provider.

With traditional desktop software, your data lives on your computer or laptop. This means it’s only available at limited times and on limited devices – and often to a limited number of people. With cloud software, your data lives online, so it’s always accessible from anywhere at any time if you have an internet connection. Good cloud software will also let an unlimited number of people use it at the same time.

Frequently asked questions about the cloud.

Isn’t cloud computing just the internet?

You use the internet to connect your device to the cloud, but the internet is just the connection – the cloud is where your data lives.

Isn’t it possible to lose your data in the cloud?

Your data is actually much safer in the cloud than on your computer. Your computer can be stolen or corrupted quite easily, but cloud companies spend millions on systems and experts to protect your data.

Isn’t the cloud an Apple product?

Apple has a product called iCloud which uses cloud technology, but many other companies provide products in the cloud such as Microsoft, Google and Dropbox.

Aren’t you stuck if the internet goes down?

These days, the internet is like electricity – it’s very rare for it to go down and when it does you just have to wait a short time for it to be available again. In the meantime, all your data is safe in the cloud and you could access it in other regions as compared to a local disaster.

Isn’t cloud computing just a fad?

The cloud has been around for years and it’s only getting bigger. Internet banking started over 15 years ago. Now the technology is so fast and cheap that it’s being used for everything.

Isn’t cloud computing expensive?

It’s much cheaper because you only pay for what you use. You’re not paying for endless upgrades, system maintenance, support fees or additional hardware like backup systems.

Don’t I lose control of my data?

You actually have much more control of your data, since you can access, share and work with your info, anywhere, anytime, on any device. You also control who has access – which you can revoke in an instant.

If you are interested in the reduced cost, higher availability and increased collaboration give us a call to discuss options and pricing.