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How to Move Your Small Business Safely Into ‘The Cloud’

By September 25, 2014 April 15th, 2018 Business Protection
How to Move Your Small Business Safely Into ‘The Cloud’

Are you thinking of moving your business to a cloud based solution? Moving your business to a cloud computing solution is a smart investment because in the long run it’s cost-efficient, you will be able to access your data from anywhere and your data will be automatically backed up. Below are our tips on what you need to know to move your business to a cloud based system.

What exactly is “the cloud”?

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. All you need is a connection to the internet and a web browser to access most cloud based solutions.

Tips for Moving Into the Cloud

  • Think about your long terms goals as a company. Make sure that the service you’re considering will be able to accommodate your needs as your business grows.
  • Evaluate several service options. Most providers will offer a free trial, so you should take advantage of these offers.
  • Make sure you can export your data in standard formats. You’ll want to be able to export in the formats used in Microsoft Office and other programs you use.
  • Read the agreement closely. To use the service, you’ll most likely have to accept an agreement. Read it carefully to ensure that you know what you’re paying for and whether there are fees for early termination, etc. With the recent hacking in celebrity photos on the cloud, you’ll want to do a detailed research on their privacy policy as well.
  • Carefully review what exactly what happens when you remove your data from the cloud. Does the cloud provider still retain rights to your information?