Enterprise cloud-based solutions are revolutionizing small business. From telecommunications to hiring, payroll and other human resources functions, web-based programs are changing the way SMBs are doing business.
There is now a regular flow of products offering solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The biggest challenges they face are in communications, and is the reason that Unified Communications (UC) are one of the fastest growing sectors.
UC is hot, and for excellent reasons.
When small companies are able to produce a consistent brand presence to potential employees, clients and customers, the chances for success in a competitive marketplace—as well as profits—will skyrocket.
Small Business Digest ran a terrific article about cloud-computing for communications. This excerpt is from Cloud Computing Applications That Help Small Businesses Add Profits, in the October issue of Small Business Digest:
Recent initiatives from vendors and service providers to bring enterprise cloud-based or hosted solutions, such as unified communications (UC), to the SMB community are enabling small businesses to be more agile and competitive and are helping to drive down their IT costs. This approach centers on having IT performed outside, avoiding investment in and operation and maintenance of company-owned servers.
But assessing and choosing such solutions takes care. Some companies may claim to offer “cloud” services that really don’t, for example. The industry ran into a similar issue when VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) was first implemented, and again when UC first arrived on the scene. There are as many questions and answers as there are potential cloud users.
Hosted or cloud-based solutions average a 75% reduction in start-up expenses, so while smaller companies are still on tighter budgets, businesses can still afford enterprise-class communications thanks to the power of cloud-based technologies…
The entire aricle can be found in October’s Small Buisness Digest eZine.