In a past post, we introduced 10 terms that people commonly use when talking about cloud computing. Hopefully, that information provided some understanding of the advantages that cloud computing provides for small business. And maybe now you are even considering making a move. If you are at the crossroads, you may have a few questions about next steps. So here are some action items for getting into the cloud.
Starting in the Cloud: SaaS
When you started a business 20 years ago, you went to a local store and purchased software in cardboard boxes. Today, you download software from the Web, and these applications store your data online or in the cloud. Instead of getting software in a box, you get Software as a Service (SaaS). In fact, your business is probably using the cloud, even though you might not realize it.
Cloud Accounting: A Simple SaaS
- Predictability. Instead of shelling out major capital expenses to buy servers and other equipment, you pay a predictable monthly subscription fee to access the power of the cloud.
- Stability. When you’re using the cloud, your applications always have the latest updates and security patches. Your business isn’t taken offline by a cyber attacker because you forgot to download software updates and patches.
- Flexibility. When you process customer payments offsite using mobile apps, for example, your payment data updates in the cloud. These updates allow all devices connected to your business — and all locations — to get information in real time. The flexibility of cloud computing lets you run your business from anywhere using any device.
- Scalability. Your cloud accounting provider probably offers different subscription levels for different business sizes. When your company takes off, you simply scale up to the next subscription level.
- Elasticity. If you experience a sudden uptick in traffic, your cloud accounting provider gives you more resources. You worry about nothing on your end because the SaaS provider handles the traffic surge.