Cloud Software - Simply Summed Up

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Becoming increasingly popular with businesses today, Cloud software is, quite simply, software hosted on remote servers. Cloud technology applications for small businesses have numerous advantages and disadvantages.

Reduced cost.
Cloud software for small businesses saves money. To begin with, there is less need for storage since paper records are not used. Furthermore, costs are decreased because it takes less time to do the same amount of work, especially by scanning information and having it organised for you.

Ease of access.
Cloud accounting software can be accessed anywhere. Since it is hosted on remote servers, there is no downloading or installing involved. This allows you to quickly access the software, complete your task, then disconnect. All you need is computer and internet access. Best of all, it can be done anywhere. An added bonus is the fact that cloud software is maintained by the service provider, providing up-to-date maintenance and technology. This maintenance also decreases security risks.

Potential downtime.
When using cloud software, you are dependent on your internet connection. In short, if it is down, you will not be able to access the software. Additionally, occasionally the server that your software is hosted on will be down due to outages. If this occurs, you will not be able to access the software - therefore you need to ensure that your cloud service provider understands your work schedule so there is minimal disruption. 

Security issues.
Since cloud software is hosted on remote servers, your data can be at risk of being stolen if the correct security measures are not put in place. When choosing cloud software, you will want to be sure you are working with reputable and reliable service providers. However, if your network has efficient anti-virus and malware protection, and correct maintenance updates, ultimately, although they exist, security issues are decreased if you have an adequate security system in place in the network.

Contact us today to see how we can help you improve your business on the cloud.

We understand your organisation is unique. Your technology should match your business processes - your unique way of doing things. We help your organisation perform better by designing and developing the solutions that work for you - all delivered on time, within budget and with faster time to benefit. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and with over 50 Awards received from Microsoft, SAP, Sage and Accellos, MicroChannel has outstanding credentials as one of the most respected solution providers in Australia.

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