Demystifying cloud computing for small business
Many people remain unsure about what cloud computing is and how it can help them.
As an event host for the Victorian Small Business Festival, we jumped at the chance to provide a free workshop on ‘Demystifying the Cloud’ for small business owners. As National Sales Manager for Direct, Online, and Verticals, I ended up in the hot seat giving a talk to around thirty small business owners in our Melbourne office.
You may have previously seen our small business guide for cloud computing. Put simply, the cloud is where you put all your data, all your files, and even your software so you can access it all from any computer or device, anywhere, anytime.
In the session we delved deeper into some of the benefits of cloud computing including flexibility – being able to try before you buy, scale easily, and use the device that suits you. Also being able to avoid installing software and having other software integrate readily through the cloud.
I received many questions from the attendees regarding security, and specifically “How secure is the cloud?”. What many people don’t realize is that the security of cloud computing provides is generally akin to enterprise grade levels that banks have to adhere to. And rather than being reliant on one piece of hardware, working in the cloud means that you can access your data no matter what happens to a particular machine.
I rounded out the session by debunking common myths like:
Isn’t cloud computing expensive?
It’s much cheaper because you only pay for what you use. You’re not paying for endless upgrades, system maintenance, support fees or additional hardware like backup systems
Isn’t the cloud only for tech people?
The cloud is much easier for everyone – you just login and it works. Imagine: you don’t have to install files, worry about versions, or deal with patches and upgrades. Just login.
Xero is running free webinars on ‘Demystifying the cloud’. Register here.