Technology continues to change at a breakneck pace. Not too long ago cell phones did not have internet capability and Facebook was but a concept. Businesses backed up their data on a local server and employee software ran on the office desktop computers.
Today every smartphone connects to the internet. Facebook has 1.7 billion users, and businesses are moving away from local servers and desktop applications. It is the ABCs of digital transformation – Apps, Backup and the Cloud – that are making businesses more productive by lowering costs and increasing flexibility.
No longer is data stored on the office desktop computer. Today company information is stored in the cloud. With mobile computing exploding in the form of smartphones and tablets, cloud-stored data is accessible from anywhere. No more having to stay in the office to download information needed for a sales meeting or customer face to face. Employees access customer information in real-time while in the field. This increase in efficiency results in greater employee productivity and higher profits.
Not only is data now stored in the cloud instead of on office computers. It is also backed up to the cloud, reducing the risk of theft, fire, tornado or other local calamity destroying your company’s valuable data. Although stored on secure servers in another part of the country, your company’s information is accessible at any time from anywhere. Backing up data to the cloud is also cost-effective since your company only pays for the storage space that it uses.
Business software applications are also now cloud-based. Instead of purchasing software CDs that slide into a computer CD drive, businesses access applications in the cloud. This happens across any number of devices, including tablets, smartphone and laptops. Accessing applications in this way reduces costs because many of these apps and have a “pay as you go” fee structure. Some offer a trial period at a reduced price. A business is not committed to the new software until it is sure that the software meets expectations. Upgrades are usually fast and easy.
The technology world is changing fast. Is your business ready for the ABCs of digital transformation? If not, then it is time to talk to Nerds in a Flash, an Austin and San Antonio managed IT support service with the expertise to take your business to the next level in today’s fast paced technological world.