Motivating the move to the cloud
So what would motivate you to move your business to the cloud? The investment in such a move could be huge! It’s not that uncommon for business owners to realize the importance, however getting them to pull the trigger is another story.
We often hear things like:
“We’ll get to it eventually” “When I’m forced to make the change”; “For now, we are just fine” “We don’t trust cloud technology” “Our systems are too archaic to be cloud candidates”
I’ll ask again, what would motivate you to move to the cloud? For me, it was a natural disaster and not something I’d like to relive anytime soon. Let’s just say that four feet of water and electronic devices do not play nice together. I was prepared (for as much as you can be prepared for 4 feet of water), but even with the preparation the amount of downtime was almost too much for a company of my size to handle. We endured and I immediately decided that never again would I feel “chained” to an antiquated non-redundant process.
Given the fact that this is an extreme case, it can and does happen. Ask yourself what you would do if you were completely without technology for a week, month or even longer. Could you sustain? Without being as extreme how often do you lose or misplace an important file? What would it mean for your business if you could have the ability to completely automate your processes? I would challenge you to investigate the possibilities and maybe you might just discover that making the change and moving your systems to the cloud will in fact save you money!
I know, crazy right, actually saving money! There can be augments made for systematization and workflow process proficiency that will actually save you money in the long run. I don’t know about your business, but I can tell you in mine, personnel are my biggest expense. By changing the way we thought and spending a little extra to put workflow systems in place we actually reduced our overhead without losing productivity. At this point we do more with less.
The next time you think the cloud is not for you, think about this:
What is the cost of not moving to the cloud and can my business survive this new age doing things the old fashion way.
Find yourself a quality partner/vendor to help you decide. The cost is usually minimal and the potential gains are limitless. I’ll be honest; it’s not for the faint of heart and takes a leap of faith. No one ever said or should convince you that everything must be moved at once. Take your time and start with one aspect (maybe email servers) I would almost stake my reputation that you’ll be glad you took the plunge.