The cloud can benefit your business: here’s how

With a limo service, chances are you’re more worried about maintaining your fleet of vehicles than you are with upgrading your internal infrastructure. But even in the small-business sector, the tools of the trade are changing. If you take advantage of them, you can stand to benefit a great deal.

One of the most significant technology advancements of the past few decades has been the cloud. If you’re familiar with cloud computing, you may worry about the cost of installation or the disruption to your services as you migrate to the new platform. After all, investing in any new technology can carry an element of risk.

But the cloud has been demonstrated to be not just safe and easy to use, but also tremendously effective when it comes to streamlining workflows and improving efficiency. Here are a few ways you stand to benefit by migrating to the cloud.

Cost savings
Bells and whistles are only so appealing – your real concern is saving money. Fortunately, the cloud stacks up as one of the most cost-effective means of collecting data, storing information and even coordinating schedules. Because cloud services are run on a remote server, there’s no need for you to worry about meeting hardware requirements, maintaining your own server or even installing new software. Software-as-a-service bundles include installation, maintenance and upgrades as part of your monthly subscription fee.

The cloud can grant you access to all the necessary resources you'd have at the office from anywhere you can connect to the Internet.

The cloud can grant you access to all the necessary resources you’d have at the office from anywhere you can connect to the Internet.

Flexibility
In your line of work, sometimes administrative tasks have to be taken care of outside of normal business hours. Whether it’s a driver who gets a last-minute call for a 3 a.m. trip to the airport or an early-morning weather emergency affecting your fleet of vehicles, to operate effectively, you have to be able to meet demands as they happen.

Whereas before you’d have to come into the office to access company systems and important information, the nature of the cloud removes that restriction. Because cloud servers are web-based, any internet-connected device can log on to the server – provided they have the proper security credentials, of course.

Ease of operation
Your business incorporates a lot of moving parts, and coordinating between drivers, clients and administrators back at the office is essential to smooth operation. The cloud allows you, your staff and your drivers to access the exact same information at the same time, no matter where they are. Instead of having multiple versions of the same file scattered across several devices, your staff can reliably view the same information, updated in real time. This is tremendously useful in a field where schedules change constantly.

Employee empowerment
Chances are, your drivers spend more time on the road than they do at your office. By migrating to the cloud, you offer the opportunity for every one of your employees to turn his or her vehicle into a mobile worksite. This grants your employees the autonomy to maximize their performance while still keeping them connected to essential tools and resources, since all they need is a mobile Internet device to “log in” to the office.