How Cloud Integration Can Benefit Small Business

If you’re a small business owner, you know the feeling of wearing many hats – owner, customer service, HR, payroll, accounting and more. Whether you’ve recently expanded your team or are still focused on how to do it all, you’re probably on the lookout for ways to save time and streamline operations. Cloud integration is one way to bring time- and cost-saving benefits to your business.

Let’s take a step back, though. First of all, what is cloud integration? It’s very likely you already use several cloud-based services in your personal life. Applications and services like Google Drive, Spotify, and Microsoft 365 all fall into the cloud-based category. Fundamentally, using the cloud is about bringing your most important data together in one location, accessible in real-time, to whoever needs that access – from wherever they are.

Whether or not you had to rapidly shift to an online model when the pandemic hit, it’s become apparent how important it is for businesses to provide access to core systems and services in an integrated, accessible manner. Cloud integration can help you give that access while benefiting your operations. Here are just a few of the perks:

  1. Keep things running from anywhere in the world
    Working from the cloud means your servers, systems, and data are always online and always available – all you need is a laptop and a stable WiFi connection for easy remote work solutions.
  2. Increase efficiency and save on IT costs
    Many cloud services will cover updates, upgrades, patches and user support as part of your membership or subscription fee. In addition, systems integration increases productivity through automation, and leaves room to scale quickly for future needs.
  3. Rely on solid security
    Cloud solutions generally use well-protected, secure servers. The latest high-end security solutions will protect your data at no extra cost to your business.
  4. Scale up or down with agility
    Is your business growing, in-flux, or changing daily based on the pandemic? Cloud-based systems are flexible, and subscriptions can generally be adjusted quickly for changing business needs.
  5. Enjoy the benefits of transparency
    A well-done integration means you have access to real-time information. This level of transparency in your reporting and data access means you’ll have the capacity to identify operational issues immediately. Increased transparency leads to better business decisions.

If you want to give your small business an easy boost, cloud integration and the subsequent automation that comes hand-in-hand might be a quick win to benefit your business.

How can Halkin Business Partners help?

It’s essential to do thorough due diligence on any business change, so make sure you choose the best combination of solutions to fit your business in terms of security, ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and scalability. The cloud integration specialists at Halkin Business Partners can take a big picture look at your business to help you choose the right application. We’ll help you compare, plan, and implement the right cloud solution for increased efficiency, transparency and productivity – in real-time.