Today, the cloud is becoming essential at the private level. We use this technology on a daily basis, whether for storing family photos, managing contacts, e-mail, social networks, etc. In the business world, companies are following this digital revolution somewhat in spite of themselves. Yet the cloud represents an essential step in the evolution of businesses in the digital age.
As we know, habits and customs have changed greatly with the development of digital technologies. This change brings with it the introduction of new economic and federal requirements that need a reliable response.
It is especially at the administrative level that the Confederation and the Banking Institutes are requiring enterprises to comply with standards for the management of XML documents (and other IT acronyms) in order to create a relationship between all platforms.
By providing greater agility to businesses, the cloud ensures that companies can maintain their business in the face of new requirements and other changes in the future.
What does the cloud mean for businesses?
In essence, a “cloud” is an environment that shares resources over a network. The term ‘cloud’ is commonly used as shorthand for ‘cloud computing’, which refers to access to computing services, including servers and storage resources or software based on those servers, over the internet.
Thus, through cloud computing, companies can outsource some of their services previously hosted on their own infrastructure.
Business use of the cloud is mainly for secure online storage of business data and dematerialisation of documents. Going further, the cloud also covers the use of cloud-based software for the automation and digitalisation of business processes.
Why host your business data in the cloud?
Having mobile access to data is a major advantage for companies whose business requires them to be constantly on the move, working directly with customers or more generally out of the office, etc.
Cloud storage offers more mobility by providing access to data from any location and device connected via the Internet. This means that any employee on the move, teleworking or working directly in the field can have the data they need.
There is no longer any need to go back to the office if you forget a document or to call your colleagues to receive information: all data is at your fingertips.
Encouraging collaboration and more transparency within the company is one of the priorities of today’s entrepreneurs.
Hosting documents in the cloud promotes collaboration by allowing them to be shared within the company between different employees. It also ensures that you always have the most up-to-date version of files, documents and data as changes to them are automatically synchronised.
The functions and access rights defined in the cloud as well as the traceability of the various actions carried out in the database (modification, addition, deletion, etc.) lead to more transparent collaboration within the company.
Sustainability of data
Data loss is one of the main concerns of any company as it impacts on business continuity.
With data secured on off-site servers and data centers, using the cloud prevents data loss in the event of faulty hardware, viruses, power outages or disasters. In addition, the data is regularly backed up so that it can be restored quickly if necessary.
On-site data storage requires a large investment in IT infrastructure to meet business needs, especially when it becomes necessary to upgrade infrastructure to increase storage space.
With cloud storage services, it is possible to increase or decrease the available storage space as needed without the need for additional hardware, thus avoiding additional costs and reducing time spent on in-house infrastructure. The capabilities of the cloud service can be adjusted at any time.
A step towards digital
In summary, data migration to the cloud has major benefits for organisations seeking greater collaboration, mobility, security and flexibility in managing their data.
Moving to solutions such as online storage today will allow businesses to ride the wave of change brought about by the growth of digital technology in the future with confidence.
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