Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable. Even though we know a change will ultimately be for the good, some of us have to be pulled kicking and screaming into the light of new technology and new practices. So maybe you’re one of those folks who’s put off transitioning your business to the cloud. Knowing what’s ahead can help you be best equipped to handle what’s ahead.
- The transition is inevitable. Seriously, you’re going to have to do it sooner or later, if for no other reason than you’ll have to if you want to retain good employees. 9-5 office jobs have gone the way of cocktail hours in the office. It’s going to be harder and harder to find staff who don’t demand flexibility in terms of hours and even working locations. Moving to the cloud lets you enable staff to work at hours and locations that suit their needs. It’s a good thing. You can either become flexible or lose your great staff to employers who are.
- Consumers demand convenience. Okay, we’re spoiled. We expect to be able to Google anything and have answers at our fingertips within seconds. If your business doesn’t provide mobile apps or instant access, you’re less desirable to consumers who want it all now. Having your business running on the cloud means you’re able to work wherever and whenever, offering your clients speedy and high quality service.
- You’ll need to train your staff. Just like any new piece of office equipment, you’ll need to set aside time to make sure your employees are up to speed on the new cloud functions. You may need to schedule time in the future to deal with inevitable upgrades, so you can be sure your staff is equipped to give great service throughout the transition. You may also need some new hardware – think touch screens, dual monitors – in order to maximize the results from your move to the cloud.
- Sharing and securing information are the new priorities. The biggest benefit of the cloud is that you and every member of your team can access information from all over the world. The biggest liability is that you’ll need to make sure your data is secure. You’ll have to protect what’s confidential and make sure only authorized users have access to confidential materials. The good news is you’ll find lots of resources to make securing and sharing your information as safe and easy as possible.
- Bandwidth is everything. Once you’re up and running on the cloud, you’ll have to make sure you have consistent, reliable access for all the members of your team. You’ll also need to develop contingency plans for how you’ll handle power outages, Internet service problems, or the host of other problems that can disrupt the way you conduct business.
While you may not initially be enthusiastic about transitioning to the cloud, you’ll be better positioned to capitalize on its enormous benefits if you’re prepared to manage the changes.