These days, companies are demanding more from their technology. At the same time, IT budgets are decreasing, widening the gap between what employees want—and need to be more productive—and what internal IT can offer. The trick is to find technologies & services that make the most of the budget.Enter cloud solutions, which deliver full-featured, enterprise-grade solutions to companies of any size. Cloud-based solutions answer the call of feature-rich functionality at a cost IT budgets can handle. In fact, cloud solutions can actually save your company money.
Here are three of the biggest reasons cloud solutions can help save money and make IT a hero to both employees and the finance department:
- No Costly Infrastructure: Why spend time and money maintaining an onsite hardware? With cloud solutions, your systems are located offsite in a hosted data center, so you don’t have to worry about upgrades, maintenance or oversight. It’s all done for you.
What’s more, cloud solutions can be billed as a monthly subscription service, shifting the cost from a hardware/software-intensive CAPEX model to simple OPEX model. The need for capital outlays to upgrade servers, software and other infrastructure components is greatly reduced, freeing money for other things on your company’s technology wish list.
For companies with multiple locations, the savings can be even greater with cloud communications. Instead of having separate hardware or a PBX system for each branch office, an Internet connection is all that’s needed.
- Minimal Manpower: Rather than paying for separate IT people with varying level's of experience and knowledge, your IT department can manage your business specific operations that are custom to you. Sonoran Integrations can take care of the other 99% of operations that all company's share. This streamlines your hiring process & makes your IT department very strategic and able to focus.
- Reduced Risk of Downtime: One of the many advantages of the cloud is redundancy, so downtime is minimal at best. Onsite systems may be vulnerable to power outages, equipment failure or other issues impacting service. Cloud-based services, are protected by multiple layers of hardware and software to keep systems up and running should an outage or equipment failure occur.
Severe weather, distributed denial-of-service attacks or equipment failure all are factors contributing to downtime. But because a cloud solution is hosted in an offsite data center environment, the service automatically is routed to unaffected servers or locations, minimizing any lags in service.
Plus, the data center environment is monitored constantly, so should a shutdown occur it can be addressed immediately and service restored.
If your company is struggling to bridge the gap between the features employees need to do their jobs better and an ever-shrinking IT budget, cloud solutions are one way to satisfy both sides.