How Cloud Computing can Help Small Businesses

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					How Cloud Computing can Help Small Businesses
Cloud computing is in full swing nowadays. It is the state-of-the-art technology that is
immensely useful to all sized businesses. There is a popular misconception that cloud
computing is not suitable for small businesses. However, this is not the case. We examine the
various advantages and benefits which cloud computing offers to small businesses.

The Pros of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing reduces the software and hardware computing expenses for small businesses.
Power bills are significantly reduced as are the charges for upgrading and maintaining
hardware. This also simplifies collaboration with clients and workers remotely. The software
and services offered by the cloud providers are upgraded with the current array of

Role of Cloud Computing in the Realm of Small Businesses
Document collaboration which incorporates CRM, HRM, finance, and accounting, could all be
stored in the cloud helping small businesses. Apptivo offers the Documents App to upload
documents, contracts, product specs or just about any other file. Cloud computing boosts the
agility of small businesses. As cloud services can be scaled up or down, small enterprises can
take advantage of the application and storage infrastructure of the cloud.

Cloud computing offers virtually unlimited storage space for your business. Services will
backup your information and store it in various locations. Thus, if one server goes down, all
data will be restored back to normal since the data was stored somewhere else.

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Cloud computing reduces cost. It does away with the requirement for excessive labor, storage,
hardware and printing. One does not have to purchase software again when a new employee
joins an organization.

Cloud computing encrypts the data to prevent it from being stolen, and thus, is a secure viable
service. It enables you to access your data anytime, anywhere. Your data is always available
online, as long as you have internet connection.

This technology enables small businesses to leverage and use technology, which had earlier
only been in companies with huge software resources. The advantage of the cloud is that small
businesses can start with virtually no capital investment and grow software resources at the
same speed of the business growth.

Small businesses that have employees in different geographic locations can collaborate using
cloud computing, which enhances employee and organizational productivity. Apptivo’s Project
Management App promotes collaboration between various work groups located in remote

Small businesses are freed from the burden of managing software and can better focus on the
core of the business. This technology makes it more convenient and accessible to store
information. In brief, cloud computing is an advantage to small businesses in many ways.

Maya Pillai is passionate about helping small businesses and professionals. She is a blogger for
Apptivo's Small Business University.

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