Don’t you hate it when someone you know gives you some advice and maybe you are like myself, often choose to ignore it and then with all the wonderful benefit of hindsight realise that that person was right all along and you should have listened up in the first place.
No? Just me then? I don’t believe you for one minute. But seriously though, it’s often the case, especially with people close to you or in particular I find, related to you. Mum, I’m sorry for ignoring your wise words all these years but you know – a kid’s got to rebel right?
So while a wise motherly word could have made your life slightly easier in the short term, sometimes you have to learn all by yourself. A personal journey of discovery is often more valuable than learning the same lessons from someone else’s experiences. So while I preach these words, I find myself doing exactly the opposite in this particular blog post. I am frankly being a big fat know it all and giving you, dear reader, some advice whether you want it or not. Apologies in advance, but in this instance, I know I am right.
My advice relates to giving ourselves a competitive edge in the world of commerce and small businesses. It is of course related to the Cloud. While many small to medium businesses do use cloud computing and reap its many benefits, a lot more are forgoing making their enterprises more efficient by not getting on board and seeing how it can make their business grow.
A recent survey of small businesses in the past year found that those who had started using cloud computing had seen a noticeable increase in revenues. Companies asked had also seen a change in the way that they work, with more staff being able to work remotely, accessing data from wherever they are based. Not only had it shown benefits to staff and increased financial margins but it had also provided a more secure and reliable network for businesses to use and depend on.
Communication too had improved with hosted exchange email programmes allowing devices to sync automatically wherever you are located, providing ramped up security, anti-spam protection and general all round peace of mind for users and managers.
It seems a lot of people may be unaware of the positive effects a simple change of the way we work can have on a company at large. This is why I am feeling the need to share these findings and be that annoying person you may want to ignore. I know deep down you can see that it all makes sense, so what if we made a deal and pretended that you came up with it all and I never said a word? Seems like a fair deal to me. Mum’s the word. Now get on board with the Cloud, I promise you won’t look back.