Cloud Computing Ithaca NY
Cloud Computing Solutions
Which cloud computing solutions are right for your team?
Xorca helps small businesses research, select, and deploy today's latest cloud computing technology on-time and on-budget
20+ years of industry experience
We specialize in cloud computing solutions for:
- Data / File Sharing
- Ecommerce Platforms
- Sales & CRM Software
- HR & Team Management
- And Much, Much More
Not every business needs every cloud computing solution - we specialize in helping you determine which solutions will have a measurable benefit to your business
What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is basically using shared services / storage (generally online) to accomplish some (or all) of your regular tasks. Instead of physically having a piece of software installed on each machine in your office, or physically saving a document multiple times on each of your machines, these tools and resources are used remotely through a cloud service that you pay a monthly service for.
Cloud computing can help you accomplish many tasks related to your business. For instance, there are very popular and trusted cloud computing solutions for:
- Image / Document / Video Storage & Sharing
- Accounting / Payroll Services
- Project Management
- Ecommerce Management
- Sales / CRM
- Human Resources
- Team Communications / Scheduling
And, that is just the beginning. Today, there is basically a cloud computing solution for nearly every business challenge you might be facing. Xorca is here to provide IT consulting for small businesses and help them choose the right cloud computing platforms to achieve their goals.
Is Cloud Computing Good For Small Business?
The ways in which cloud computing is good for small businesses are nearly endless. Small and medium sized business (SMBs) across the US, and around the world, use today's cloud computing services to save time and money by increasing productivity, encouraging team collaboration, and empowering their team members to innovate in ways that been cost-prohibitive in the past.
Xorca is the local leader in helping small businesses in the Ithaca NY area to select (and implement) the cloud computing services and tools that will have the largest impact on achieving their business goals. Regardless of your specific business goals, we have the experience to help you choose the right services the first time - and pass on those tools that might waste your time and money by not targeting a specific goal of your business' strategic plans.
Which Cloud Service Is Best For Small Business?
This is not always an easy question to answer. There are literally thousands of cloud services and tools available today. Some are absolutely great, and others are absolute trash. Some will specifically address your personal business goals and challenges, while others might look fancy but really won't deliver a specific benefit by improving one of your core challenges.
When you work with Xorca, and use us for your IT consultant, we will work with you to determine which cloud services will:
- address your specific business challenges
- help you overcome those challenges and hit your growth targets
- work with the existing infrastructure and team that you have in place
- generate the largest positive results on your investment
If you have been looking into several cloud computing tools, and can't decide which one is really the perfect fit for your business, give us a call today and set up an on-site cloud computing consultation.
How Can Cloud Computing Help Small Businesses?
There are a variety of ways that cloud computing can help small businesses (including yours) - perhaps even ways that you hadn't thought of before. Here are the 5 most common benefits that cloud computing has for small and medium sized businesses in Ithaca, NY.
1. Lower Operating Costs
It may not seem like adding a new monthly cost would actually save your business money. However, with the right cloud computing tools, this is often the case. From a lessened reliance on internal IT departments / staff, to speeding up internal communications and team collaboration, the right cloud computing services can dramatically reduce your operating costs, while allowing your business to continue to grow towards your target objectives.
2. Ease of Access
When you use cloud computing tools for your business, you, and the members of your team you give access, will be able to access their work anywhere, anytime, from a variety of devices that you give access to the services. This is a significant advantage when a last minute change comes through, or an after-hours email needs to be answered urgently.
3. Increased Collaboration
Cloud computing solutions eliminate the old way of sharing documents between team members: one person saves their documents and emails it to another, who makes changes / revisions / updates, and then sends it back (or onto another team member) - and on into infinity. Cloud tools and storage make your documents available at all times in their most updated form to every team member who needs access to them - and lockout technology makes sure that changes from one user are not ignored while the document is being worked on by another team member.
4. Reduced Security Risks
The top cloud computing services spend millions of dollars a year on their security - just to ensure that your data is safe and secure within their environment. In fact, your data and documents are almost certainly more secure within their servers than on your own hardware that is connected to the internet and potentially not protected by the most up-to-date firewalls and VPNs.
5. Improved Efficiency
All of this will dramatically increase your team's efficiency. Tasks (especially collaborative ones) that once took hours (or even days) to make it through the endless chain of team members who need to provide input, feedback, or contribute data, can now be taken care of in minutes. You will get more work, and a higher return out of your team than ever before.
What Businesses Use Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is rather ubiquitous today. And companies of every type, shape, and size use it on a daily basis for their core business functions. Some of the key users of cloud computing in the small business world today, include:
- Real estate agents
- Financial planners
- Medical offices
- Non-Profit organizations
- & many, many more
If you would like to take a few minutes to discuss the ways in which cloud computing services can help provide the solutions to your specific business challenges, and determining which cloud tools are the right choice for your needs, contact us today.
Cloud Computing For Small Businesses FAQs
What is cloud computing in simple terms?
In the simplest terms, cloud computing refers to the use of online storage or access for your data and/or programs. Basically, it is an external computer that you use essentially as your own - in a nutshell, cloud computing means the internet.
Which Cloud Service Is Best For Small Business?
The best cloud service for a small business is the one that meets your specific needs and helps you reach your objectives. Do you need a solution for file sharing and data storage? Do you need a solution for email security and use? Do you need a solution for sales and customer service support? Xorca can help you determine which service meets your specific needs.
What are the types of cloud computing?
When referring to the cloud or cloud computing, most people are referring to cloud storage - a remote place (not on a computer you own) to store your data, files, and other media resources. Additionally, programs can accessed and run through the cloud - IaaS (infrastructure as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), and SaaS (software as a service) are examples of this.
Is cloud computing safe?
This is always the number one concern that businesses have when deciding whether or not to get onto the cloud. The reality that most reputable cloud service providers spend tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars on a regular basis providing, testing, and updating the security of their platforms (making them even safer than local options in some cases). However, there is no such thing as a 100% safe cloud system.
What are the 3 common reasons to use the cloud?
There are a variety of popular reasons to use today's cloud computing platforms. Switching to the cloud can help save costs (especially when it comes to saving your team's time and making them far more efficient. Other significant benefits include: the ease of use of familiar cloud platforms, automation for many time-sensitive tasks, plus increased flexibility, agility, and scalability.