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Anyone with a business in the 21st century knows that a lot of time and money goes into buying and using the best possible software for every aspect of running a business. How many businesses are investing in cloud computing, a service that allows you to access the software via the internet? Through cloud computing, your business has access to any software it needs, as well as storing and sharing data. Here are a few reasons why cloud computing is the next step for your business.

1. Increased Flexibility

A business that requires very specific software programs to conduct business is usually stuck in one place, where all employees have to physically be in order to do their work. Cloud computing makes that a thing of the past. All workers can now access any software or data needed from anywhere, making it easy to work from home or during travel. There are many other ways cloud computing can save your business money, but reducing workspace and having more employees work remotely is a big one. You'll also have access to real-time information about how work is progressing. All anyone needs to make cloud computing work for them is a fast internet connection, like a 5G core network.

2. Lowered Costs

You already know that cloud computing can save you money on office space and hardware, but you should also know that you'll be saving on the cost of running a data center. When you're using your own software, you have to pay for the software and hire tech workers for installation and to manage the data center. Cloud computing means all you have to pay for is whatever services you buy. The server handles all the rest of the work for you, meaning you can just focus on buying the best possible package for your business and only pay for what you get in return.

3. Ease of Growth

Running a business means you're expecting and hoping for exponential growth over the years. Normally, preparing for growth means having extra hardware on hand, as well as extra servers and storage in place to handle the influx of new business. Cloud computing makes it easy to scale your business since all you have to do to increase your business capacity is upgrade whatever package you started out with. Upscaling can now be done in a matter of minutes, rather than a year's worth of planning and running a business alongside a lot of temporarily useless equipment. 

4. Increased Data Security

Your data is the most valuable asset your business has, and keeping it secure is essential to success. Storing your data in the cloud can be a good way to further secure it, as having data stored in a physical workplace can make it more vulnerable. Data stored in the cloud isn't in one single location, and it'll be harder to "break in" and steal it. Whatever service you're using has a vested interest in having excellent security measures in place, so you can rest easy knowing that your valuable data is safe.

5. Enhanced Communication

Because it's so easy to share information and data over the cloud, it will become much simpler to collaborate and communicate with colleagues and business partners. Collaborators can see any changes to a project in real-time and make repetitive and boring tasks like data entry completely redundant. Suddenly, projects can be completed more quickly and efficiently, and workers can focus more on productivity without wasting time. Not only can your team operate more effectively, but the process will become more streamlined as they get used to communicating via the cloud. 

The process of switching over to cloud computing can be jarring for some businesses, and data can be lost when it's done in a rush, so it's advisable to take the transition slowly. Once you're operating on the cloud, your business will be more efficient, secure, and ready for the future. 

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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