Nowadays, you can use the cloud for pretty much anything. Not only can you sign up for Accounting or Customer Relationship Management applications in the cloud, but with the use of integrated office systems like Microsoft Office 365, or Google Docs, you can genuinely run your entire business from a tablet.
Of course, there are a lot more than five things to consider if you are looking at implementing a cloud computing solution. Whether you are using ‘software-as-a-service’ (that is a ready-made hosted application like an accounts package or a CRM solution) or you are building something for yourself there are, however, some key questions that keep coming up, so I thought I’d share some answers with you.
OK, I’ll admit it – the headline is a bit of an attention grabber. Of course there are many perfectly valid reasons for renting an office, and often it’s the only way that you can run your business sensibly, and I wouldn’t seriously suggest otherwise. It might even be necessary to work nine to five (if you run your own business part-time!)
However, there are times when it can be a good idea to sit back, take stock and work out whether your business has changed, and whether you can realistically turn it into a virtual operation. With today’s cloud technologies it’s easier than ever to close that office door and work collaboratively with people in a wide range of locations.