We’d like to make an admission right out of the gate. We’re having a little fun with this post. You’ve probably already gathered as much from the title.
But what if you’re not into Star Wars? Do you have to be a fan to read on?
Nope. Not at all. True to form, you’ll find real, helpful information, just like we normally share. We’ve just given our inner geeks an opportunity to take a playful approach to this topic.
Now, let’s get down to business.
These Are the Cloud Solutions You’re Looking For
There are a lot of reasons SMB leaders should consider cloud solutions. While they’re certainly not one-size-fits-all, there are a variety of compelling benefits—as long as you know what you’re getting.
Below we’ve listed 6 things every small business owner should know about cloud solutions . . . presented in the immortal words of the most amazing heroes and villains in the galaxy. Get ready for the jump to hyperspace. Some solid information about doing business in the cloud is headed your way.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader
Some SMB owners are dubious about the cloud. After all, it represents a set of newer solutions. There are concerns about privacy, security and reliability. On top of that, there’s the age-old adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“It’s a trap!” – Admiral Ackbar
While cloud solutions come with all kinds of perks, they don’t solve every problem, and they don’t work equally for every business. You may come across articles (and even IT consultants) who talk about the cloud like it’s a magic bullet. It’s not.
Take the time to be strategic as you consider moving some of your IT functionality to the cloud. Where it’s a good fit, use it. Where it isn’t, don’t.
“In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Dovetailing off that last point, we can’t overemphasize the need to do your homework. Not only do you need to pick individual cloud solutions that meet your needs—you also need to pick cloud solutions that work together.
If you migrate to a cloud CRM that won’t interact with your cloud accounting tool, it won’t matter how amazing the two solutions are independently. Your staff will end up hating both of them simply because they don’t play well together.
“Stay on target.” – Gold Five
Do you get excited about the prospect of buying a new smartphone? Did you snag a tablet just because it’s a cool tech toy . . . even though you don’t really need one? Then read this section carefully.
If you’re even a little geeky, cloud tools have a cool factor. They represent the future of business computing. Even so, don’t push business processes to the cloud just because it’s a shiny, new toy. Be strategic.
“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.” – Han Solo
No matter how much research you do before a move to the cloud and no matter how perfect your cloud solutions are today, this stuff is always evolving.
You don’t need to move from one solution to another on a constant basis. That would be maddening. But you should keep your ear to the ground and assess your cloud solutions at least once every 12 months.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Taking all of the above into account, we have a simple, straightforward recommendation. Embrace the cloud.
No matter what industry you operate in, there are almost certainly cloud solutions that will make you more efficient and more productive. If nothing else, cloud solutions are convenient. After all, they give you the ability to work from practically anywhere.
A move to the cloud is daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
The Best Cloud Solutions in the Galaxy
Finding the right set of cloud solutions for your business takes some time and research, but it’s absolutely worth it. And if you feel out of your depth trying to tackle this on your own, you can always enlist the help of an IT partner.
Whatever route you choose, we wish you productivity and profitability in the cloud. Oh, and may force be with you . . .