Why and how you need to be taking advantage of cloud computing

Why and how you need to be taking advantage of cloud computing

Published June 30, 2021

3 minute read

Cloud-based platforms are a modern, reliable, and cost-effective way to manage the day-to-day running of your business. As well as being secure, cloud-based platforms are scalable, allowing for easy future expansion when your business needs it.

Cloud computing has been a game-changer in the world of technology. It is transforming how businesses store and access data, allowing them to be more agile, efficient, and secure. For Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) teams, cloud computing can provide a number of benefits that make it an essential tool for success.

In recent years, interest in cloud computing has skyrocketed. The business world has been quick to embrace it. This is because the benefits cloud-based platforms can offer businesses are becoming more and more apparent. These benefits can be reaped by a wide range of businesses across multiple sectors.

 

What are Cloud-Based Platforms?

 

A cloud-based platform allows businesses to access their products, services, and applications without having to install software onto their computer or device. Cloud-based platforms offer a range of benefits that can help a business maximize its efficiency and productivity.

A cloud-based platform is an online service that provides users with access to applications and services hosted on remote servers over the internet.

It eliminates the need for IT teams to install and maintain software on each of their computers or devices. A cloud-based platform also eliminates the need to purchase expensive hardware, as all the necessary data is stored in the cloud.

This makes it possible for businesses of all sizes to access information from virtually any location, increasing collaboration across teams and departments.

Benefits of Using a Cloud-Based Platform

 

Here are just some of the many benefits of using a cloud-based platform. 

Cost Effectiveness

 

Cost effectiveness is one of the key benefits that cloud-based platforms have to offer, and one that makes them particularly attractive to growing businesses and startups.

With cloud-based platforms, forking out huge sums of money for new hardware and licensing fees becomes a thing of the past.

Many cloud-based platforms also offer simplified methods of getting work done, which may allow you to reduce your workforce while increasing output. Tasks are done more quickly and effectively, which will ultimately improve your business’s bottom line.

Additionally, with most cloud computing services, you pay only for the services you use, which further cuts down on costs. This makes it easier for businesses to scale up or down without incurring huge expenses.

Security

 

It goes without saying that one of the biggest questions about cloud computing is how much security it can offer, especially when used to store important information. The good news is that standard cloud-based platforms are incredibly secure.

Cloud computing providers typically adhere to strict ISO security standards, which are continually reviewed and strengthened.

Data protection is of the utmost importance. Similarly, your important files and documents are stored safely online rather than on a hard drive, which can be vulnerable to malfunction, viruses, accidents, or even theft.

Security is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to online operations and data storage. Fortunately, cloud-based platforms are incredibly secure due to their ability to quickly detect any threats or vulnerabilities before they become an issue for your business.

Additionally, these platforms use encryption techniques that make it nearly impossible for hackers or other malicious actors to access sensitive information stored on the server. This ensures that your data remains safe even if there is a security breach on your end or on the server side.

Flexibility

 

Cloud-based platforms are easy to access. Once you have the login details and a secure internet connection, you can access your work anywhere, from any computer, tablet, or mobile. This is a fantastic advantage for companies with employees in scattered offices or even different time zones. Cloud-based platforms can offer businesses (particularly SMEs) the chance to globalise at a more rapid rate.

Another benefit of using a cloud-based platform is its scalability. With a traditional setup, if you wanted to increase your capacity—for example, if your business grew quickly—you would need to invest in more hardware and software licenses, as well as additional staff to manage it all.

With a cloud-based setup, however, this process is much simpler and more efficient; you simply add more virtual resources as needed without having to buy new hardware or hire extra personnel.

Communication

 

Cloud-based platforms such as EcoOnline are a sure-fire way to tangibly improve communication in your organisation. They allow you to create and assign tasks, ensuring that the necessary work will be completed by the right person, while keeping tabs on progress. Managers and administrators can check-in and easily get up to speed on various aspects of the company. The platform acts as a hub of activity in which employees, administrators, and managers can communicate easily, frequently, and efficiently.

 

Scalability

 

Cloud-based platforms are scalable solutions. You can upscale or downscale your IT requirements on demand. This means that they are particularly suited to growing businesses, SMEs, and startups. So, if you’re taking on a number of new employees or launching a brand new service, your cloud-based platform’s scalable nature will be prepared for the extra workload. This can be done without expensive and time-consuming upgrades to your IT department.


Author Laura Fitzgerald

Laura Fitzgerald is a Content Marketing Manager with EcoOnline. She has been writing about health and safety topics since 2017, with a focus on the areas of improving employee safety engagement and EHS legislation.

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