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How to Get the Most out of Your Business CloudIf you have an email account with a web based service such as Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail! You have already used cloud services. Accounts like this hold data and run programs so that all you have to do is login from your computer. No need to download software or monitor your data storage.

Businesses more and more are turning to cloud computing as their telecom system needs for the convenience and cost effectiveness this service provides. However, like any system, business cloud services must be well managed to work well. How can set up the best environment for your business?

1. Set up a Strong Infrastructure

Most cloud services require setting up a customized balance of software and data storage. Then, instead of buying software licenses for each employee’s computer or storing data on site, everything is conveniently accessible in the cloud.

Be sure to set up the right balance of interlinking software so that your system runs smoothly and everything is accessible. Next you should establish levels of access. This balances cloud resources so that no one element is used too heavily at one time.

2. Make Sure your Applications Communicate and Interface Smoothly

Each software is made to perform a function. Some software will transfer data or interact smoothly with other software while other systems are incompatible. In order to have unified communications for your business, you need to ensure that all of your software is integrated and working together.

When selecting software to input CRM data, monitor expenses, and manage payroll for example, each application should run smoothly with your cloud system. Any application you add in must work well with every other application. Limiting applications to the most essential ones helps maintain security and efficiency.

3. Use Cloud Analytics

Cloud usage and efficiency can be a mystery without a way to monitor usage. You can easily add a cloud analytics program to monitor when employees access your business cloud, where they access it from and which applications are used. Cloud systems cannot run every application for everyone in your company all the time.

Resources need to be carefully managed. Analytics can help you to monitor and regulate your resources more evenly for a better operating cloud system. With the usage data, you can better allot the resources according to time of day and volume of traffic. 

4. Choose a good cloud service provider

Most of the time, businesses pay for a service based on efficiency rather than the added features that make a big difference, but cloud solutions offer many benefits to your business. Your cloud service provider should have up to date equipment, a strong up time rating, and high quality security. Find out what services are provided as well as the quality of technical support.  A great cloud service provider has technical staff on hand to resolve any problems or concerns.

If you are unsure how to manage a cloud service, or looking to get started with cloud systems for your business, contact Beacon Telecom