There seems to be a never-ending stream of statistics about data security and ransomware these days. Everybody wants to raise your awareness of cyber security (don’t worry, we’re not going throw any more stats at you). We’re assuming that by now you’re aware that it is an issue.
It dominated the business headlines in 2016. Now, as all the Brexit talk moves closer to becoming reality, many UK businesses who have adopted cloud, are probably wondering about the effects of a pending departure from the EU. This is particularly relevant where you consume cloud services from suppliers in another country.
Businesses already know the value of IT for saving time, automating certain tasks, and for simplifying communications. They are also aware that new technologies present opportunities to magnify these improvements. But there are two major problems.
Whether businesses are willing to admit it or not, the use of personal devices on the company network is increasing. Some organisations continue to push back against bring your own device (BYOD), while others have embraced the inevitable – nearly 60% now permit employees to connect their own smartphones and tablets to company systems.
There are several good reasons to adopt a hosted PBX service sooner rather than later. Here are five good reasons why a Cloud-based switchboard provides your business with a competitive advantage over your rivals.
- Reduced cost
The run up to Christmas is typically very busy for all businesses, as people rush to buy gifts, or rush through preparations for the new year. This seasonal spike in activity needs to be planned and managed carefully, ensuring there are enough resources in place to cover the increase in demand.
The task of securing your IT assets and data is increasingly complex, not least because your own systems are becoming more complicated too. Every application or piece of information that comes into your network from the outside world represents a potential hazard, a weak point that can be exploited by cybercriminals.
For many businesses, their first venture into outsourcing is the use of a hosted application – most won’t even realise that this is even a form of IT outsourcing. But because the infrastructure required to run the hosted app is managed by a service provider, it most certainly is a form of outsourcing.
Smooth, omnipresent communications are absolutely vital to a growing business, allowing colleagues and customers to share information quickly and easily. And the humble telephone remains a key part of the communications toolkit.
The advent of broadband technologies means that traditional office-based systems have been replaced by hosted alternatives. Functionally the same, Cloud PBX systems have much more to offer besides. Per user subscription licensing, infrastructure free deployments, instant scalability – hosted PBX reduces the overheads associated with running a corporate telephone system.