The Cloud is now an essential aspect of the modern workplace.
Businesses large and small, based in a range of sectors are embracing cloud technologies as a way of improving efficiencies, enabling a more dynamic work environment, and boosting revenues.
So, what is cloud?
The cloud is essentially used for storing data and running programmes on various computers via the internet, rather than on internal systems that physically sit in your offices.
It allows companies to be more flexible, as they’re not restricted by the limitations of physical hardware. In the era of flexible working, cloud computing has become incredibly important.
But it’s benefits extend beyond that…
The Advantages of Cloud-Based Solutions
Cloud-based technologies have helped businesses all over the world save money, both in terms of running and scaling costs. And those with dedicated service managers see even more benefits.
It allows businesses to offer employees more flexible working arrangements, such as the ability to work from home, as they can access work files and data from outside the office.
The other major benefit is it is quite agile and future-proof, meaning it can seamlessly adapt to new developments that could further enhance efficiencies within your business.
Saving Money With Cloud Technology
Many businesses are keen to learn about how cloud technologies can save them money.
This works in several ways. First, the running costs of cloud are lower than traditional infrastructure. There’s less of a need for hardware equipment, space for that hardware, staff to ensure it’s operating smoothly, and any specific heating or cooling requirements.
Cloud technology, combined with dedicated service management, provides businesses with shared access to top tier specialists and newer technology (both hardware and software) which can greatly reduce the cost and time allotted for upgrades. No additional specialist IT recruitment or contractor hires are necessary.
In addition, budgeting and scaling costs that come with the inevitable growth of a business are more predictable.
There is also a great opportunity to ‘clean house’ - retire old applications that are no longer used or consolidate and transition functionality to off-the-shelf solutions where possible.
And finally, utilising the cloud opens the door for organisations to share costs through setting up shared services.
So, don’t be put off by seeing cloud technology as another expense. In the long-term, it will likely keep costs down.
Flexible Working for a Modern Workplace
Offering employees a flexible working environment has become very common. If this isn’t something you’re doing, you risk being left behind by competitors.
As mentioned, the cloud means staff can create a virtual workspace – so they don’t have to be sitting at a desk in the office to do their work.
This benefits the employee as they can work away from their desks using phones, laptops and tablets, such as, in between meetings or on travel. They can work from home to juggle increased parental responsibilities and elder care.
And it benefits your business. It increases productivity and encourages a healthy work/life balance – enabling organisations to retain top talent. Increasing the use of flex desks and the centralised storage of data improves how departments share data and interact with one and another.
Future-Proofing Your Business
With the cloud, your business is future-proofed. That means you can adapt your systems in the event of any changes.
These changes might need to be made for legislative reasons, to adapt to industry movements, or simply to make your practices even more efficient.
- Supporting new data protection legislation
- Reducing the risk of security breaches and proactively managing new threats
- Supporting automation and AI technology
- Better data management and disaster recovery protocols
- Access to new ways of modelling data to support other parts of your business
- Quickly merge new business groups and scale up storage capacity
Whilst evolving your business can be a long, difficult process when utilising traditional infrastructure, it is much more seamless with cloud technology – particularly Azure, which we’ll discuss below.
Microsoft Azure and Capita Integrated Business Solutions
Here at Capita Integrated Business Solutions, our cloud-based finance management system is known as Integra Centros.
It draws on Capita’s 40 years of expertise to be one of the most powerful, transparent, cost-efficient solutions on the market.
And it’s powered by Microsoft Azure, making it highly resilient and incredibly secure – which is naturally very important in finance solutions. Azure has unmatched security credentials, with over $1 billion being invested every year into ensuring its services are safe. It also employs over 3,500 security experts.
The service is managed by our UK based team and comes with a range of other features, including a dedicated Service Delivery Manager.
But arguably the best thing about Microsoft Azure is it’s scalability. It can grow with your business – and not just in a more cost-effective manner, but in a way that prevents disruption – using a mix of virtual machines, containers, apps, data and AI services.
Integra – Fully-Hosted and Managed
Integra has been delivering cloud solutions for finance departments for over 15 years and offers a fully-hosted and managed service.
Our cloud-based finance management software is a market leader. We offer cloud services with Microsoft Azure from two UK locations (London and Cardiff). Your bespoke solution can accommodate different levels of security and disaster recovery.
In addition, our solution includes unlimited database patches, quarterly service reviews, two upgrades and four clones per year.
If you’d like to learn more about Integra Centros, and making the digital transformation towards cloud, you can make any enquiry by clicking here.