Everything’s in the cloud these days. Almost overnight, a once fabled buzzword became standard in the zeitgeist of technology, though many people still aren’t sure exactly what it refers to—storing, accessing, or using an application through an internet connection rather than downloading it from software.
For most people, their introduction to the cloud came with Apple’s unveiling of their iCloud service in October of 2011. Though the concept of cloud-based data storage and file sharing existed long before then, it was Apple who brought the cloud into homes and verbal repertoires across the country.
Today, there are endless applications of cloud technology, from individuals using iCloud for personal file storage to the numerous business solutions making their way to the cloud. The benefits of doing so are numerous, particularly for the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry.
Most recently, the development of virtual phone systems hosted in the cloud is bringing business communications to the cutting edge. Just a few years ago, the majority of business phone systems were expensive, outdated and simply not meeting the needs of today’s businesses.
Advances in cloud computing have given rise to a new class of phone system that’s streamlined, affordable, and packed with features tailored for the modern small business.
Businesses are taking notice of the benefits they stand to reap by shifting to the cloud, and adoption of the cloud for business solutions is at an all-time high, with no signs of slowing. This is precisely why 2018 is the year to get on board with cloud communications.
Benefits of Cloud Communications
There’s a reason Apple, a company who specializes in technology that makes our lives easier, spearheaded the large scale shift to cloud-based services: the benefits they offer are significant and numerous. Here are a few:
- Space savings
Cloud infrastructure is located with the provider. This means there’s little or no hardware required on your end. In terms of communications, this means no more clunky desk phones taking up space in your office or home, and more freedom of mobility for your team.
- Cost savings
Remotely located infrastructure means no costly equipment to install or maintain. Systems work on your team’s existing phones, so an internet connection is all you need to optimize communications.
Remotely located infrastructure means you won’t have to worry about technical hiccups on your end. Your IT team gets one less headache, and you can rest assured business continues as usual. The flip-side of this, however, can’t be ignored: no service provider is totally immune to errors and service outages. The functionality of your service hinges entirely on the provider and the strength of your internet connection, so choose wisely.
- Easily integrated
Cloud-based phone systems integrate with your existing business framework for a seamlessly unified communication system; telephones, social networks, CRM and client data all come together, allowing you to provide your clients and team members an effortless phone experience.
The Present and Future Standard in Communications
Statistics from several large-scale studies overwhelmingly support the idea that business technologies are rapidly shifting to cloud-based solutions.
IDG Enterprise, a media firm that reports on advances in enterprise technology, conducted a survey of nearly a thousand respondents in 2016 with the objective of “understanding organizational adoption, use-cases, and solution needs for cloud computing.” Here are some key findings:
- 70 percent of organizations have at least one app in the cloud.
- A surprising 90 percent of organizations either have one app in the cloud today, or are planning to use the cloud within 1-3 years.
- The top three goals that drove businesses to invest in the cloud were lowering total cost of ownership (42 percent), replacing on-premise legacy technology (35 percent), and enabling business continuity (33 percent).
- By 2018, the typical IT department will have less than half (40 percent) of their apps and platforms residing in on-premise infrastructure.
The benefits of adopting a cloud-based solution for your business communications are clear: cost saving, space savings, increased flexibility, security, and more. As the numbers show, business solutions as a whole are quickly shifting to a largely cloud-based model. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get on board.