Busi­nesses that move to cloud never look back

The Witness - Wheels - - BUSINESS - STEVEN CO­HEN • Steven Co­hen is Head of Sage One In­ter­na­tional (Africa, Aus­tralia, Mid­dle East and Asia).

TRAN­SI­TION­ING to the cloud comes with a fair amount of un­cer­tainty.

Con­cerns about mal­ware, com­pli­ance and se­cu­rity are prob­a­bly the first on the list, but are not the only points of hes­i­ta­tion.

Hard­ware fail­ures, the fear of down­time and the loss of im­por­tant data are all rea­sons there is ap­pre­hen­sion to cloud mi­gra­tion.

But those who have taken the leap and moved to the cloud are not look­ing back.

In a re­cent study, 65% of busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives said that moving to the cloud has freed up IT re­sources to work on more strate­gic tasks, and 64% added that th­ese ini­tia­tives were im­ple­mented faster.

De­spite in­creased ef­fi­ciency, there are five more rea­sons why moving to the cloud is an op­tion that should be con­sid­ered.

Ac­cess to world-class in­fra­struc­ture and skills

Cred­i­ble cloud providers use the best hard­ware, soft­ware and skills.

Data cen­tres are also re­quired to ad­here to a va­ri­ety of au­dits and in­dus­try stan­dards.

Up-to-date se­cu­rity and soft­ware

In the cloud, a spe­cial­ist will take care of the se­cu­rity for you and ev­ery time you con­nect, you will have ac­cess to the lat­est ver­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions. Legacy ac­count­ing sys­tems may no longer be sup­ported by the ven­dor, leav­ing your data vul­ner­a­ble.

Sav­ing money

With cloud you can save up to 80% on your IT bud­get and 90% on your en­ergy bill.

No more costly hard­ware or IT sup­port as an In­ter­net con­nec­tion is all you need.

Data back-up is all taken care of

Hard drives lost to theft or fire is no longer a worry for you. A good cloud ap­pli­ca­tion will keep your data backed up to the last minute, with­out any need for spe­cial ac­tion from your side.

Pro­duc­tiv­ity boost

Cloud pro­vides a po­ten­tial pro­duc­tiv­ity in­crease of up to 400% says com­pa­nies that have in­vested in cloud tech­nol­ogy. That’s about 1,5 hours saved per day. The speed of tech­no­log­i­cal change means that busi­nesses of­ten strug­gle to keep up.

Moving to the cloud is a so­lu­tion that of­fers more ben­e­fits than risk.

The fu­ture is mo­bile.

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