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Should I Move My Small Business to the Cloud?

Few things tie up a small-business owner’s time and money as much as technology does. The computers, software apps, networks, and other devices that your business relies on are often complex, expensive, and time-consuming to procure and maintain.

These challenges are driving more entrepreneurs to adopt cloud-based solutions, which allow you to rely on others to deal with “the back end,” often at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. As more service providers offer business-class features, such as encryption and regulatory compliance, cloud solutions are becoming an increasingly attractive and viable option. According to a recent CDW report, the number of small businesses implementing or maintaining cloud solutions doubled from 2011 to 2012.

Here are four reasons why you should consider making the move to the cloud.

1. It’s cost efficient. Perhaps the biggest benefit of using cloud services is the cost savings. Most providers offer pay-per-use plans that can scale according to a business’s needs. Because you don’t have to purchase additional hardware and software, you’ll save on capital expenses. And by moving some of your infrastructure to the cloud, you won’t need to hire IT staff or devote hours of your own time to IT maintenance.

2. You can access your data from anywhere. As more small businesses adopt Bring Your Own Device policies, the ability to access company data across platforms is increasingly critical. Because cloud-based storage and apps live on remote servers and are web-based, you and your employees can access them from anywhere on any device with a browser and an internet connection.

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