The impact of cloud
Companies that have already moved their email and file storage to the cloud should now also consider moving their phone system to the cloud.
Moving to the cloud is not just about adopting a new technology platform but transforming the way one does business.
Cloud computing is making huge waves in the business world, consumer cloud services such as iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox have changed the way people think about digital content and how to use it. Cloud is fast becoming the preferred choice.
George Golding, the CEO of a South African digital telecommunications provider, Euphoria Telecom said this is barely the beginning. “The rise of utility computing services, delivered over the Cloud, will continue to disrupt markets, spawn new business models and revolutionise information-sharing and business management for years to come.”
There is a workplace revolution with cloud technologies, they provide businesses innovative new ways to communicate, collaborate, interact, and work. More and more companies will be making cloud investments in the near future as they transition into full reliance on cloud technologies.
Cloud-based communications have given businesses improved operational system capability, flexibility and simplicity in order to revolutionise the modern workplace. By giving companies of all sizes access to information technology that was previously affordable for only the largest of companies, the cloud has levelled the competitive playing field.
Analysts expect the Cloud computing market to reach US$40-billion in five years and they also predict that more than 75% of small businesses will have moved to the cloud by 2020.
Golding said the true power of the cloud lies in what the technology offers. “A business phone system in the cloud is designed for the way companies work today. It keeps employees connected to customers and teams wherever they are working, on whatever device they are using and however they are collaborating.”
Cloud-based phone systems can help save costs, streamline operations, improve productivity and scale your business. It not only allows companies to invest more back into their business, it also increases profits by saving costs.
“Using a cloud phone system for your business will help you generate more revenue by saving on capital expenses and making better use of your resources. Many businesses opt for cloud solutions when getting their company off the ground as it reduces the upfront investment for email, web and document hosting and even phone systems,” he explained.
Eliminate start-up costs and deployment expenses by opting for cloud technologies, they are synonymous with lower software and technical maintenance requirements. They will help you avoid the costs and challenges associated with traditional on-premise deployment.
“Replacing on-premise telephony infrastructure with a cloud solution means your phone system can be managed entirely through the web, taking just minutes to deploy to your company. As you scale, add or remove business lines with the same speed and ease as you did setting up your first line. Hosting your business phone in the cloud also means it can quickly adapt to any software updates or improvements, without needing to purchase new hardware,” he concluded.