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Partner Perspective: Bringing small businesses to the cloud

Guest Post: Chris Dunning, CEO of TechQuarters.

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At TechQuarters, we’ve built our business on helping small businesses succeed with technology. Named the Microsoft World Cloud Partner 2013 for SMB, we work with many small businesses that are all trying to make smart technology investments that will not only improve efficiency and productivity, but will also help them save money in the long run.

Today, internal operations completely rely on technology, and it is more important than ever to empower your employees to work to their full potential. That’s why we focus on moving our clients to the cloud with Office 365.

We receive a lot of questions from our small business customers about the right technology solution for their business, and the answer is inevitably the cloud. Here are some of our top customer Q&A:

What is the most cost-effective way to stay up-to-date with technology?

Products like Office 365 are always up to date. Because it is a cloud-based solution, my customers benefit from automatic updates and upgrades to stay current around the clock. That eliminates the need to coordinate significant software upgrades every few years, which can not only interrupt work, but also be a large upfront cost. In the aftermath and continued recovery from the recession, my clients want to stay up to date on technology without the worry of large up front costs for upgrades. These costs are minimized with Office 365 and Microsoft given that all future upgrades are already included.

How can I keep my important information safe and secure?

The cloud is a great way to store your information. Earlier this year, the east coast of the US was slammed by several severe winter storms, which were capable of crashing servers and making it impossible for workers to get the information they need. With solutions like Office 365 information is stored in the cloud – away from snow, hurricanes and other inclement weather – so my customers can continue to access their mission critical content from the warmth and safety of their homes or wherever they might find themselves.

Imagine a legacy IT setup with water pouring through the ceiling of the office onto the server that holds all your data, email and business apps. Imagine no users being able to access it, let alone get into the office during these inclement conditions. Office 365 just cuts out all these potential worries and the staff can work from anywhere at anytime. There is no need to restore that old server box over a few days and drum your fingers waiting for it to be fixed. This is true business continuity for a small business without those large disaster recovery costs with much more immediacy.

Office 365 also comes with built-in enterprise grade security features to protect my customers’ business data from cyber-attacks, malware and any other threat they may encounter. In fact, it’s so secure that it meets even some of the strictest security standards, like HIPPA and CJIS.

How can we access our files/apps/email on all of our various devices, so I can keep my employees mobile and productive?

A subscription solution like Office 365 allows each user to install Office on up to 5 devices, so each employee can access and edit their documents from anywhere, using any device. A lot of small business owners are constantly on the go, so being able to get the documents they need while visiting a supplier or on site with a client means work doesn’t need to wait for them to return to the office.

How can I get a lot of computing power for as little money as possible?

With a low monthly subscription cost, you get the most bang for your buck with Office 365. With its powerful features, automatic updates and anywhere, anytime access, you get the best of what Office has to offer consistently. It also solves the issue of budgeting for big software upgrades that may also necessitate hardware upgrades – that large upfront cost isn’t necessary with a subscription model.

Leveraging the power of the cloud is a great solution for small businesses, and we’ve seen great success using solutions like Office 365 for small businesses in every industry. If you are a small business interested in moving to the cloud, feel free to contact us at http://www.techquarters.com/.