As a company who support small businesses with Cloud Computing Oxford services, we know that in many businesses things are still done the ‘old-fashioned’ way. For example, many small businesses in the area undertake regular work tasks which rely on their employees being present in the office using items such as printers more than ten times per day. However, more and more small businesses are also taking notice of the vast changes in technology that are taking place, and starting to look to the future and realising that having a mobile and more flexible workforce may be the way forward.

If you are a small business owner wondering about how all these new technologies could benefit you and your business, then just take a moment to read through our top tips on how to integrate cloud computing into your business:

Know Your Business Requirements

Before you can decide whether or not you need cloud services for your business, you should take some time to consider what your business requirements are.  As with any investment, in order to make the most out of it, you need to know what areas of the business it could really make a difference. For example, you could opt for a cloud computing tool that helps to reduce paperwork for your HR team.

Know What Cloud Services Can Do For Your Business:

Think about your business and the tasks you perform on a daily basis, and then consider how you can use cloud computing to help with that. For example, you may have a business that relies on you and your employees travelling a lot and so cloud computing will help you to stay in touch with each other and the office, and access files from wherever you are. On the other hand, your business may be one that is office-based, and so you may just want to use cloud hosting as a means of backing up customer data securely.

Decide on Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud Services

If you have decided that cloud computing will benefit your business, then you need to decide whether you are going with public, private or hybrid services. As with anything, each option has its own pros and cons. For example, many small businesses opt for the public cloud option as this is seen as the most cost-effective, but it has been known to come with more security risks. Private clouds are more customisable than public clouds, but are a lot more expensive as well and so tend to be used by larger organisations.

Start Small

As with any new technology, it is always best to start small. Keep things simple to start with, and go for a simple cloud structure while you get used to it, and then you can scale up in the future. Many cloud computing tools offer a free 30-day trial period as well, so you can have a trial run of them and see whether they would benefit your business or not before plumping for the final solution.

For more information on cloud services, and how Agnito can help your small business master cloud computing, please call us on 01865 524524 or drop us an email at info@agnito.co.uk.