Cloud computing and automation trends to watch in 2021

Are you thinking of making the switch to the cloud for your business automation solutions this year? Or is it time for an upgrade to your existing systems? A robust cloud-based system is perfect for adapting and adjusting to rapidly changing business or market conditions, not to mention bringing down overheads on IT costs for staffing and operational resources. Here are a few key trends to keep in mind:

Cloud spend is on the rise: With more businesses than ever moving to remote, distributed and online forms of operation, usage of cloud systems has exploded. This means that your options are better than ever before, too. Companies have stepped up their offerings, tailoring solutions and rolling out new functions and features rapidly. Before you dive in, do your research – the market has changed for the better.

Hybrid and multi-cloud strategies are popular: An overwhelming percentage of large companies now use multi-cloud strategies to support their operational needs. This means that highly functional systems integrations are a necessary part of transitioning to a cloud-based model for your business. Ensure you have a clear view of what needs to communicate with who before you choose a service provider.

AI is growing, and security is paramount: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing sector that intersects with automation. In the coming years, we’ll continue to see expanded capabilities as this technology evolves. As our systems become more intuitive, it’s also going to bring an added focus on security – proprietary process and intellectual property require better safeguards, and AI will enable us to create security infrastructure that can rapidly adapt as required. See if your preferred cloud provider has a roadmap for upcoming advancements and decide if that fits with your business needs.

If this all seems overwhelming, it’s because it can be. There’s a lot to keep up with in this rapidly changing industry. At Halkin Business Partners, we have dedicated business technology specialists who can assess your business and recommend a tailored solution – saving you time and money, both during implementation and ongoing.

Some of the solutions our specialists can help you with include:

  • Point-of-sale
  • E-Commerce
  • Inventory Management
  • Cloud Accounting
  • Payroll & Rostering
  • Workflow and Job Management
  • CRM Solutions
  • RPA (process automation)
  • BI (business intelligence dashboards)

Our solutions at Halkin are designed for scalability and effectively reducing your operating costs.

How can Halkin Business Partners help?

As business consultants, we have 20 years of experience working with SME clients providing advice across sales, operations, accounting and technology. This in-depth understanding gives us the unique ability to view your business holistically and advise on the best in market, scalable technology solutions that will create efficiencies and provide critical insight so you can make better, more informed business decisions.

Halkin can map out your processes, prescribe and implement cloud-based solutions across Point of Sale, e-commerce, Inventory Management, Accounting and CRM systems. For more information, click here.