8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

first_imgSure, cloud computing offers benefits to companies of all sizes. But the clouds’ advantages apply even more dramatically the smaller and newer your company. At the same time, the standard objections to cloud computing matter less to small companies than to large ones.On the plus side, the cloud’s economies of scale naturally make a bigger difference when your company is too small to generate similar savings and capabilities on its own. And on the flip side, many of the issues blamed on the cloud in large enterprises – security, integration, compliance and so on – often cause fewer problems in small companies that can’t properly deal with them anyway.  1. Economies of scale: This one’s obvious. The larger the company, the easier it can generate economies of scale on its own. Small companies, by definition, have more limited resources. Anything that can give them access to scale in purchasing and pricing is a big win!2. Enterprise-class functionality. Big companies have the heft to create the custom functionality they need. Small companies simply don’t have the resources to do that. In the cloud, though, they can leverage development, maintenance and upgrades across many, many small businesses… And, increasingly, consumers as well.3. Money Matters. Startups and small companies are often undercapitalized and pay-as-you-go cloud computing solutions typically don’t require lots of upfront cash. Even if they don’t end up saving much as the monthly fees add up over the long run, avoiding capital expenditures can be a make-or-break issue for cash-strapped small businesses. 4. Infrastructure vs. Applications. For the enterprise, cloud computing often means complex Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) projects that have to be installed and integrated into a company’s existing systems. For smaller companies, cloud computing often means complete cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and application suites. No IT required.5. The Legacy Issue. A common enterprise objection to cloud computing is how will it work with the company’s legacy applications. Small businesses – and especially new businesses – typically have fewer and less complex legacy apps. Taken a step farther, that means startups and small businesses have less installed infrastructure they’d need to throw out to move into the cloud. As for new businesses, why would you actually buy anything you could “rent” instead?6. Security Problems. I’m not saying security isn’t important to small businesses (though many don’t take it as seriously as they should). I’m saying that while security in the cloud may still be shaky by enterprise standards, it’s almost always far better than what small businesses are able to provide for themselves.7. Compliance. Because you don’t necessarily know where your data is stored in the cloud, IaaS can cause confusion as to whether it complies with local, national and international regulations. That’s a huge issue for multinational corporations, less so for most small businesses. 8. Reliability. The cloud is more reliable than most people think. When widely used cloud services and applications have outages, it makes national news. When an individual company – large or small – has a similar problem, they work hard to make sure you never even hear about it. The bottom line, though, is that even accounting for network connectivity hiccups, the cloud is probably a lot more reliable than what small businesses can afford to provide for themselves.When it comes right down to it, cloud computing seems made for startups and small businesses. It’s the best way to get enterprise class – or better yet, consumer class – functionality without having to develop it yourself or lay out a big chunk of cash to buy it. And even though cloud computing still isn’t fully mature, its remaining issues simply carry less weight when viewed from the perspective of a startup or small business. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fredric paul Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#How To#start#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Rep Calley welcomes winners of summer reading contest to state Capitol

first_imgState Rep. Julie Calley welcomed 14 students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative.Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read, and returning it to their local library.During their day in Lansing, the students took an oath of office, learned about the responsibilities of being a state representative, participated in a mock committee meeting and toured the Capitol.“There are two things which I hope they will remember,” Rep. Calley said. “First, literacy is an essential foundation for success. Second, diversity enriches any decision-making body. No matter where their professions lead them, public service is an option.”“The junior representatives were extraordinary,” Calley continued. “It was such a joy to have them at the Capitol.”Fourth-grader Hope McConnon, a homeschooled student from Hastings, received special recognition for reading the most pages. She read 2,692 pages over the summer.The 14 students that attended read 140 books, totaling over 20,000 pages.Ella Blood, a second-grader at Saranac Elementary School, read 396 pages;Olivia Blood, a fourth-grader at Saranac Elementary School, read 1,682 pages;Darren Carpenter, a second-grader at Maplewood Elementary School, read 432 pages;Taylor Carpenter, a fourth-grader at Maplewood Elementary School, read 2,362 pages;Samantha Keilen, a fifth-grader at St. Mary’s Elementary School, read 3,543 pages;Carter Krzysik, a fourth-grader at St. Rose of Lima School, read 1,304 pages;Tanner Krzysik, a second-grader at St. Rose of Lima School, read 1,956 pages;Alice Newman, a second-grader at St. Patrick Catholic School, read 268 pages;Garrett Lucci, a second-grader from Nashville, read 541 pages;Alaina McCrumb, a third-grader at Lee Elementary School, read 1,627 pages;Austyn McHenry, a fifth-grader at Westwood Elementary School, read 1,420 pages;Ben Scott, a fifth-grader at Maplewood Elementary School, read 1,809 pages; andRyan Wise, a fifth-grade homeschool student from Lake Odessa, read 740 pages.Rep. Calley was honored to welcome this remarkable group of students and their families to the Capitol. Categories: Calley News 18Oct Rep. Calley welcomes winners of summer reading contest to state Capitollast_img read more