Lower Up-Front Cost - because many cloud solutions are delivered through the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, you typically pay only for the use of the software rather than the much larger cash outlay required to finance a purchase.
In addition because cloud applications often run on the vendor’s technology infrastructure, there’s no need to purchase new servers or upgrade your in-house systems to accommodate the requirements of modern software.
Fewer IT Resources - for companies that don’t have in-house IT support staff, cloud solutions are appealing because they don’t come with the heavy economic burden of hiring employees to update, support, and maintain the technology that these solutions run on. The vendor often handles it.
Technology Access - in large part because of lower up-front costs and IT support requirements, the cloud provides access to applications that, for some companies, were previously cost-prohibitive. In turn, small and mid-sized companies get access to more powerful technology that helps them grow faster and leverage the efficiency “big business” technology.
Web Access & Agility - because the cloud is inherently web-based, you have more options for accessing cloud applications using any desktop, laptop, mobile device, or tablet. There’s no need to set up and maintain any special web servers or remote connection technology. When you can access your business systems anywhere and anytime, you create an organization that’s much more agile.
What’s more, as cloud technology becomes more mature and some of the hype blows over, many companies are finding that the best option is a hybrid approach. Running some of your applications in the cloud while other more critical systems remain in your server room down the hall.
The good new about the cloud is you now have even more choice when it comes to leveraging technology.
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