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The benefits of cloud computing for small and medium-sized businesses

Cloud computing is becoming increasingly important for all companies, SMEs in the first place. There are several reasons for this phenomenon: from reducing expenditure to the efficiency of internal processes.

Support for digital transformation was one of the Ministry of Economic Development’s strong points during the last legislature. The measures included in the Industry 4.0 Plan have allowed small and medium-sized companies to invest both in new machinery and in new software and new IT services capable of guaranteeing greater efficiency and better business organization.

On this front, many SMEs’ resources have been dedicated to the purchase of cloud computing services. This is a real epochal change: companies no longer purchase software licenses installed locally on PCs but “rent” these same services and use them on the web, using a normal Internet connection. Examples of cloud computing are online file storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive), office applications that can be used from the browser (the Google Docs suite), and messaging applications (Slack, Workplace by Facebook, and Microsoft Teams).

According to various researches, the turnover of investments in cloud solutions has already broken through the threshold of one billion euros and shows more than significant growth margins: according to the report of the Cloud & ICT as a Service Observatory drawn up by the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, in 2017 investments grew by 37% compared to the previous year, with adoption rates ranging from 35% of small businesses to 52% of medium-sized businesses.

Why enterprise cloud pays off

It is not only the incentives provided in the Industry 4.0 Plan that push small and medium-sized enterprises in our country to the cloud. The adoption of cloud solutions makes it possible to streamline the company’s internal processes, making resources accessible from any device connected to the Internet. Regardless of where you are and the time, you can consult documents and work files, access the common agenda, use applications and management otherwise available only through the office PC.

In short, the adoption of the cloud is also fundamental in terms of smart working. Thanks to the services and software available on the cloud, employees will not need to be present at the office but will be able to work from home while traveling on the train or bus or even in moments of relaxation. The cloud, combined with smart working, allows you to increase the worker’s productivity and well-being.

The benefits of cloud storage for small and medium businesses

From this perspective, EFSS cloud systems (Enterprise file synchronization and sharing) are among the simplest to integrate and among the most effective in the short term. Specifically, these services allow users to store files and documents of all kinds in dedicated and always accessible data centers or servers, both via the web and via the app. These services, also known as cloud storage, make keys, external hard drives, and other “physical” backup solutions obsolete, but not only.

An SME will have a storage space available in which its employees can save all the files they want and thus be able to open them wherever they are. To be able to consult the latest price list or modify the draft of a document to be sent to the customer, just be connected to the Internet, regardless of the device you are using. Thus, you will no longer have to worry about having left the USB stick at home or if it suddenly stops working: a smartphone and a data connection will be enough to download the file that interests us and modify it in absolute freedom.

Cloud storage solutions for companies then represent a valid defense tool against various hackers and cybercriminals. Services of this nature, in fact, also allow you to backup and restore data, planning which data to save and, above all, when to do it. In this way, in the event of a ransomware attack (just to give an example of one of the worst malware for companies), you can recover the most important files without being forced to pay any form of ransom.

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  • Hi Alisha,

    I really resonate with your point on smart working. The traditional view of the workplace is rapidly changing and I agree that employees who can work where and when they want will be more productive and satisfied with their job.

    Looking forward to more of your insights on small to midsize businesses!