Cloud solutions are more vital than ever for Southern businesses to survive and thrive
As remote working remains vital in order for business operations to continue, Extech Cloud has found that businesses in the South of England could save up to 50% by making the jump to the cloud, instead of typical solutions provided by more traditional IT approaches.
In March 2020, 88% of UK businesses encouraged working from home (WFH) to come into immediate effect, with 97% of all businesses cancelling work-related travel in response to the pandemic.
Six months ago, people had a routine of travelling to work, seeing all their colleagues, turning on their computers and expecting everything to just work, says Andrew Hookway, Extech Cloud Managing Director. Everything then suddenly changed overnight, and IT teams were expected to ensure people could carry out their daily duties remotely.
For some businesses in the South of England, the transition wasn’t a smooth one, having to purchase more hardware, software, and consultancy to improve their systems to allow this new way of working. A handful of businesses continue to find that their systems are already working at capacity, with the majority of their connections coming in over virtual private networks (VPNs).
We understand that SMEs can’t always afford to be making investments, especially at the moment, and it can be tempting to delay making any changes for as long as possible, says Andrew. However, now is the perfect time for businesses to decide on the most optimal way to overcome any remote working issues and be better prepared for whatever happens next.
Moving IT to the cloud offers businesses in the South of England the benefit of a very straight forward cost structure. After the initial migration, also known as digital transformation, there aren’t any future capital costs for servers, as businesses pay monthly depending on the number of people. Digital transformation and cloud subscription services bring together the best tools for the way people operate today, using Microsoft 365 and Azure, along with various flexible pay-for-what-you-use pricing options.
As the world adapts to the new normal of remote working, there has never been a better time to make the move to the cloud, says Andrew. It allows employees to access work at any time, from anywhere, allowing for a much greater level of productivity and performance too.
What’s more, businesses are now not limited by their existing applications and old legacy software, he says. We can now put any application or software into the Microsoft cloud environment. This is great for the professional services sector in the South that operate multiple applications and want to reduce their costs and move everything away from Data Centres.
Extech Cloud, based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex is an award-winning IT service made up of IT specialists, strategic consultants, project managers and certified engineers focused on IT and proactively ensuring businesses can keep up and running during these challenging times.
For more information, call a friendly member of the Extech Cloud team on +44 (0) 1444 443200 or email email@example.com .
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