Visualise this. You are the Queen. Granted, I am sure it’s a stretch of the imagination (or maybe it’s not) but go with it… It’s your Diamond Jubilee weekend and frankly a lot of people are coming round for tea. Now whilst the ‘Royal We’ would normally crack open a few bottles of Babycham, throw together a couple of cucumber sandwiches and if we were feeling saucy, we might even put out a plate of Wotsits, but this weekend is different, this weekend is BIG. How does one scale up one’s celebrations without breaking one’s taxpayers’ slightly overused and underfunded recessionary piggy bank? How can something that started off as a small gathering be transformed into a flotilla and river based pageant of international standing?
Whilst there’s no answer to this particular regal quandary and no doubt, the Queen hasn’t sold a couple of old diamonds to fund the specially trained dolphins and sea-cows carrying her along the Thames on a gold boat. However when it comes to scaling up in business the solutions are much, much clearer.
Start-ups and SMEs are the future of business in the UK. It’s official. Entrepreneurs can get started in business with as little as £500 in the bank, working flexibly and often working from home. The rapid growth and success of these start-up businesses in the UK of recent years means that companies are needing to move on from their home based endeavours to employ staff, get premises and vitally, set-up a workable IT infrastructure. With the evolution of Cloud computing, this has become much easier than you could have ever imagined five years ago.
Previously, growing companies would have to buy-in servers, set-up complicated networks, maintain and update security firewalls and provide on site IT support for all staff. With Cloud computing SMEs can now easily migrate all their business data to the Cloud and use Hosted Exchange for email hosting across multiple devices, communications security and anti-spam filtering.
One of the key bonuses of using the Cloud is this quick and transferable scalability. When in the past servers would start to slow down with an increase of 10-15 users and require additional hardware, the Cloud can now provide extra storage and facilitation without breaking company budget and taking up more room in a small office space.
All this technological progress can only mean that it’s exciting times. Not only for the Queen’s special day but also for all those small businesses working with the Cloud to make big advancements quickly and cheaply. Now the only question that remains is, where did I leave those Wotsits? This party is going to be huge…