It’s in the cloud. I’m sure by now you’ve heard this term used in most of the technology you use daily. Whether it’s additional storage for your photos on your phone or a back up of your computer files, cloud based software is an amazing advancement in our world. While this simple term is common, plenty of us still have no idea what that actually means. Let’s start off by diving into to what it is. In its most simple description, cloud computing is taking services such as applications, storage and other services and moving them outside an organization’s firewall. These services are then accessed via the internet rather than a local network or local installation. Most of these cloud services are paid for by the customer on an as-needed or pay-per-use model.
So how does that help? Cloud based software allows you to set up what is essentially a virtual office to give you the flexibility of connecting to your business anywhere, any time. With the growing number of web-enabled devices used in today’s business environment like laptops, smartphones and tablets; access to your data is even easier.
There are many benefits to moving your business to the cloud. Reducing the cost of IT is by far the largest benefit as the cost of system upgrades, new hardware and software are usually included in your subscription. This can also free up a lot of time for your IT manager to allow for more crucial tasks.
Data is a very sensitive issue. It needs to be stored and backed up properly. Whether you experience a natural disaster, power failure or other crisis, having your data stored in the cloud ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure and safe location. Being able to access your data again quickly allows you to conduct business as usual, minimizing any downtime and loss of productivity.
Access to your data is vital. The last few months have shown it is crucial for businesses to be able to access data from anywhere. BSI, like many businesses, have moved their operations to our employee’s homes. Our cloud services made the transition of working in our office to our couches, kitchens and home offices so much easier than setting up remote access to our networks and servers.
Our program, like the countless services we utilize, offers these features and many more. If you would like more information on BSI Online’s backflow management program CLICK HERE!