Wondering whether you should move to the cloud? Any three of these advantages would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all 10? It’s approaching no-brainer territory.

What is cloud computing? Simply put, it’s computing based on the internet. Where in the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building, cloud computing allows people access to the same kinds of applications via the internet.

When you update your Facebook status, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone is via the cloud. Chances are you rely on cloud computing to solve some of the many challenges faced by small businesses, whether you’re firing off emails on the move or using a bunch of apps to help you manage your workload.

In short, using the cloud is fast becoming the new normal in your day-to-day life. So, why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? Cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits. Here are 10 advantages of cloud computing.

1. Cloud computing increases a small business’s flexibility

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase, it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down, the flexibility is baked into the service.

This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors – it’s not surprising that CIOs and IT Directors rank ‘operational agility’ as a top driver for cloud adoption.

2. Back-up and disaster recovery is taken care of for you

Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than a reality. Cloud is now helping more SMBs buck that trend.

According to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have implemented cloud-based back-up and recovery solutions that save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.

3. Software updates are automatic

The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.

4. Pay-as-you-go, no large capital expenditure required

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay-as-you-go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Add to that the ease of set-up and management, and suddenly your scary, hairy IT project looks at lot friendlier. It’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.

By Salesforce