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Author: Bea Ewing
Date: July 27, 2016
Five Reasons to Migrate to Cloud-Based Services

Nowadays, planning the future of your organization’s IT environment may not be as daunting as it once was, but with all of the options available for both on-premise and off-premise (cloud) based solutions, you might be left wondering where to begin. Let’s take a look at some reasons that cloud based services might be right for you and your business.

1: Always up, always available.

Today’s successful businesses don’t stop at 5pm, and neither should access to your IT environment. Users require access anytime, anywhere, from any device and chances are the environment you’re operating now doesn’t support that model, or if it does, perhaps not on the scale you need it to.

2: Security. It’s always a concern.

In fact, it’s THE concern today. If you don’t have a dedicated individual, team, or partner monitoring this for you, it’s time to start.

3: Business continuity.

Sure, you have a backup. You may even test it on a regular basis (if you haven’t, that’s something to address sooner rather than later). But do you have a true business continuity plan that addresses your basic needs in the event your building or property becomes uninhabitable or unavailable? Most businesses don’t due to a variety of factors, with cost and complexity at the top of the list.

4: Internal IT costs are spiraling out of control.

It’s not uncommon, especially if you don’t have a regular budget cycle, have aged equipment, or are generally behind on maintenance. Sometimes the quick fix seems to be to “throw money at the problem”, but all that really does is drive the cost of ownership up and doesn’t address the root issue(s).

5: Information Technology isn’t your core competency.

In many cases, employees perform dual duty between their primary job function and being the “IT Manager”, even though computing and technical support aren’t anywhere on the list of competencies. This can, and frequently does result in a mismanaged or even ignored environment.

So what do cloud based services really do? First, they take the day to day management of an application, a service, or even the entire IT infrastructure and absorb that management overhead, freeing up your team to do what they do best, which is build your business, service your clients or community, and focus on their core competencies.

Secondly, day to day concerns such as security, backups (where did those pesky tapes go?), updates, and other basic operational tasks don’t fall by the wayside. They’re of paramount concern for your cloud partner. Thirdly, future planning and strategizing is as simple as contacting your partner and setting up a meeting.

If any or all of these sound like they could describe your day to day IT operation(s), it’s time to reach out to an M.A. Polce Account Manager. Our team will work with yours to quickly identify what your primary pain points are, a strategy for how to move forward, and a long term plan to help you grow your business while we focus on the infrastructure that runs your business.

Contact us today at 800.610.1858 or info@mapolce.com.

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