6 key reasons to move to the Cloud and Google Apps by AppsCare, Google Apps Premier Partner

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A move to the cloud, reduces cost, empowers team collaboration, improves communication, and eliminates infrastructure costs, while enhancing security and improving reliability.

"Cloud computing is not just a phrase or marketing device but is the future for small to medium sized businesses IT systems...the benefits for small businesses are and will be much greater [than those for large businesses]" Forbes.

Microsoft Office is still the primary on-premise, suite of desktop applications. Sure, Outlook can be accessed remotely but workable files are still stuck on local computers, increasing the need for a portable memory device, tablet or laptop. This has been a restriction for over 30 years says Michael Carter, CEO AppsCare. The modern workforce requires data, whenever and where ever they are. Cloud computing delivers this.

With over 4 million businesses using Google Apps, it is one of the most mature cloud solutions available.

Forbes recognise the importance of cloud computing. Here are 6 reasons why businesses should take advantage of the cloud and Google Apps for Business.

1. Cost of ownership
AppsCare lowered Dolby Medical's total IT costs dramatically by delivering Google Apps at just £33 per user per year. The enormity of Google’s infrastructure enables costs to be absorbed which makes Google Apps for Business a cost effective solution, in addition to the features and functionality which are unrivalled by competitors. Google are the first major cloud provider to eliminate maintenance windows from their service level agreement. Google achieved 99.99% up time, equating to 43 minutes total downtime in the last 12 months.

2. Mobility 1st
Traditional software traps company data behind corporate firewalls, which only offers access on a limited number of devices. Cloud applications are available across any computer or device giving you access to company data from any location, no matter the distance. “The on-going value of access to information from anywhere, totally independent of the device, is where we’re seeing the real gain” VP, Baird & Warner, Inc. "For those workaholics out there, you can now take your work with you on holiday!" Andrew Martin, AppsCare.

3. Simplify Infrastructure
Reduce costs (again, surely not?) No in-house maintenance is required and yet businesses still benefit from the latest tools and systems. Google notes that employees adapt far better to a continuous stream of small manageable improvements rather than large disruptive batches of change, which reduces change-management challenges with a much improved user experience.

4. Scalability
Gartner identifies that expansion on the back end can sometimes be just as costly as hiring a new employee. Google Apps is flexible; with near unlimited scalability to connect more (or less) employees as you need so you only pay for what you use. If you need more bandwidth Google Apps can instantly meet your needs due to its vast capacity of remote servers.

5. Team collaboration
Google Apps solutions provide convenient and cost-effective methods to overcome the continuity and productivity challenges of dispersed workforces. Google Apps also provides innovative collaboration on one document with full revision history, and security controls, which ultimately enhances efficiency, productivity and creativity.

6. Compatible files stored online
One in ten laptops are stolen within the first 12 months of ownership (FBI), equally high numbers of employees report losing sensitive company data on memory sticks, this is not the case with cloud computing as you have secure access to your data, where ever you are.

The move to cloud is the most significant shift in technology for over 30 years. It is as inevitable and irreversible as was the move for Steam power to Electricity.

AppsCare®, Google Enterprise Premier Partner is a world leader in cloud services provisions, supporting over 2500 customers in 33 countries. AppsCare® comprise 10+ years’ experience deploying technical solutions for organisations of all sizes and geographies utilising our GStall delivery methodology and AppsCare® support programmes. Our fortnightly newsletter provides latest industry news, tips and ‘how to’ features and useful information about Cloud computing, to subscribe to our mailing list click here.

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