Companies looking to accelerate profits turn to cloud adoption as a way to stay on the leading edge of major global enterprise software at a cost they can easily absorb. Yet, according to Vice President and Gartner Fellow Daryl Plummer, while extremely valuable, cloud computing also represents one of “the most misunderstood… innovations in current IT and business strategies.”
Cloud computing is hailed as the preeminent advancement for 21st Century businesses. However, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information available on the cloud and making a reliable evaluation can be time consuming and complicated. To help, we have brought together a brief guide to explain the top 5 questions frequently posed by businesses considering cloud software.
Changing consumer preferences for content consumption, increased consumer exposure to globally relevant digital content, incessant improvements in content display technologies and hardware, and technological advancements in general; everything has changed the way digital content is delivered to consumers.
How relaxed do you feel when you roam around with your car keys, whose duplicate versions have been stored as a backup in a safe place?
And while availing the services of cloud backup providers for your business’ data, the same feeling is bound to exist. After all, your local data would be backed up online on one or more servers that are safeguarded by the service providers. You also use backup services. In this way, when your local data is no longer available (due to it being deleted or because of any other similar reason), you can quickly restore it from the cloud.
CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is one of the forerunners of cloud technologies and remains one of the great success stories in the space and itself has been dramatically changed as it has moved from an on network led market to the verge of being dominated by cloud offerings.
CRM solutions exist to help you succeed - build deeper relationships with your customers, proactively anticipate and address their needs, provide stellar customer service and more. You need to know how to leverage the best options available to increase efficiency and implement business processes that have a high impact on your success.
I’m sure you agree the word “cloud” is attached to pretty much everything these days - and I’m not talking about why some folks couldn’t see the shooting stars filling the sky during last weekend’s Perseid meteor shower! In reality, the cloud is uber relevant in both our personal and business lives.
For example, we save our personal photos, videos and online conversations to the cloud, so that we can share them easily with family and friends, while businesses have many applications “up there”. Rather than installing and maintaining software on an internal server, companies are taking advantage of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud-based server solutions.
Maximizer, too, is part of the cloud. We allow customers to either install Maximizer CRM on their own servers (their cloud) or on Maximizer Servers (our cloud).
Although more and more businesses are enjoying the benefits of cloud computing, there are still lots of companies out there who have yet to take advantage of this growing trend. If you’re among these people, but don’t want to miss out on the benefits the cloud can bring, hopefully I can help you get to grips with it.
You've made the decision to move your established on-premise system into the cloud, and you will see the benefits from having information at your fingertips everywhere you go...but where do you go from here? How do you actually go about implementing the system, and making the transition as smooth as possible?
Cloud computing is something that has taken the business world by storm. Not only has it changed how businesses store data, it has changed how they use applications, collaborate and communicate. This infographic the many ways in which Cloud computing can be utilized by businesses.
The debate between operating expense (aka opex, the cloud's approach) and capital expense (aka capex, the on-premise approach) is waged daily at companies. Although there are trade-offs no matter what a firm chooses, it's clear that opex is increasingly favoured. In the age-old rent-versus-buy debate, the cloud is making rental very compelling.
With the rise of cloud computing over the last couple of years, everybody thinks they have a pretty clear grasp of the facts regarding the conflicting arguments. Most are based on supposition, not actual research, until the Yankee Group ran the numbers. Although it has been a few years since the Yankee Groups breakthrough study, comparing hosted CRM systems to on-premise solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), it still sheds valuable light on the debate over cloud verses in-house and even shatters a few myths.
Cloud computing changes the equation of responsibility and accountability for information security and poses some new challenges. When processing personal data in the cloud, who's responsible for data integrity and security? Who's liable for any data loss or security breach? Often, the biggest threat to data stored remotely, turns out to be the failure to understand who’s responsible for keeping it protected!
As more and more businesses seek to maximize their IT return on investment (ROI), cloud services are playing an increasingly important role. Cloud computing is becoming a commonly adopted technology across a plethora of industry sectors, with more businesses and organisations now realizing the many benefits that it can potentially offer them. If you decide to use Cloud computing services, besides saving money you will be able to afford technology and compete with other small businesses and even with top companies as well. Below are just some of the benefits that cloud computing offers:
Follow the 6 steps in our latest eBook, 'How To Move Your Business To The Cloud', and start adopting technology that will enable you to focus on decreasing IT costs, not IT headaches!
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For any sized business, taking advantage of what the cloud has to offer can be daunting. Many of our customers have expressed concerns over data security & data ownership. These are valid reasons to be cautious on what your business hosts locally & in the cloud. In particular it’s important to check who owns the data, as often clients can end up paying to retrieve their own data too. But security is a perceived road block to cloud adoption; with data breaches & the loss of customer data making regular headline news, your choices as a business are critical.