Move to the Cloud to Reorganize Your Business and Streamline Operations
The cloud gave businesses a reason to cheer. Now, the concept of a cloud company has given them another reason to go for a celebration. A big one!
This innovative concept has minimized the need to set up a local office. It has provided you, the entrepreneur, with a plethora of options regarding the business model. You are at liberty to walk off the trodden path, and reorganize the business to streamline the operations, while minimizing the costs.
No more do you need to put in an exorbitant amount of money before seeing the outcome. In the conventional model of business, you scour the town for a suitable place to set up office; invest in computers, software, licenses, IT maintenance staff, and more; create bays and cubicles, and basic facilities; hire the HR to help you recruit more staff (from various disciplines such as sales, marketing, developers, etc.); arrange for employees’ training and transport; and do more. Ask any entrepreneur, the process may take months. You spend thousands of dollars just to take off, with no return in sight. This is what makes a business a risky proposition, particularly for start-ups and SMEs (small and medium enterprises).
Adopting the cloud model brings down the level of risk, considerably. You open the company in the cloud that takes out various expenses under various heads in one go. Just with a couple of e-mails, you have a team up and running.
How It Works
Here are the steps for setting up a company in the cloud:
- You collaborate with a cloud company service provider.
- In the consultation phase, you apprise them of your requirements (business objectives, recruitment criteria for staff, budget, etc.)
- A team is chalked out from an existing pool of resources to work exclusively for you using dedicated equipment and workspace.
- Processes are put in place.
- In case you want to enhance/reduce the team strength/equipment/workspace, you just have to send an email to the service provider.
Your investment is slashed to a fraction of the original cost, while resulting in the same outcome.
Team-in-the-cloud vs Freelancers
The cloud model is drastically different from working with freelancers. The latter has some key drawbacks that are effectively handled by the cloud model. Freelancers tend to serve multiple clients at the same time and that means they cannot offer you the time and quality that you expect. Your hiring and training costs get escalated as many of them that you got on board leave midway. Nuances associated with slang and industry-specific jargon create communication barriers. You are also unable to control technology related factors such as poor internet connectivity, power cuts, or equipment failure.
The cloud model brings in state-of-the-art infrastructure backed by 24x7 IT and administrative support team. It also ensures data security, any breach of which may involve dire legal consequences. Moreover, you cloud team is backed by project management professionals who have the skills to carry through an assignment successfully.
How to Make Your Cloud Team Successful
Moving to the cloud is one of the most important business decisions you may take. Factoring in a few things will keep you on the right track and facilitate immaculate execution of the business plan.
Begin with formulating your business goals carefully. Determine what tasks you must move to the cloud team and those you need to keep in-house. Work on the nuances that will ensure streamlining of operations to the optimum, enabling your enterprise to experience dramatic growth.
The cloud can streamline business processes, from every day operations to disaster recovery scenarios. Incorporating the cloud into your plans can turn out to be the best strategy for systematizing your business.