The word “cloud” has become an overused buzzword in the industry. Big players popularized the term to drive a migration to the cloud. At the same time, cloud is a vague word that few actually understand. Worse, overuse has made it meaningless, and few small businesses understand it.
“The Cloud” means that your IT infrastructure is entirely online. Even more importantly, the infrastructure belongs to and is managed by your cloud provider. What you do is to borrow and leverage that infrastructure while passing on all responsibility to another party. You also tap the IT expertise of the provider—without having to hire in-house.
Cloud solutions can be complete 100% “in the cloud”. Or, it might make sense for your business to run just a few applications in the cloud. It all depends on what you need, and what your business is working to accomplish.
Most small business owners start out full of questions about the cloud. It can be challenging to figure out the specific cloud needs of your own business. These are the kinds of questions you probably want to answer.
With Cloud Consulting, we work closely with you to put together a custom plan. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. You’re not expected to fit into a “template” for every business. We develop a solution that fits your current needs—and easily scales as your business grows. Here’s how Cloud Consulting works.
We have an in-depth session to listen and understand the needs of your business.
Here are some of the types of solutions we might cover.
We don’t leave you guessing how it would work; we actually let you try it out real time. You get a chance to test drive a demo of the solution we recommend.
This is a live demo, where we’ve introduced a sample set of your actual data. We show you folders that represent your actual functions. If you use QuickBooks, we can even import company information for your trial run. We try to give you an experience where you’re saying, “WOW, this is my email. This is my Outlook.”
For some customers, they just click into the sample data for a few minutes. Others want a longer test drive of a few hours or a few days. For them, it’s important to show it to different people in the different functions.
At this point we get down to the dollars and cents of your actual monthly costs. We discuss the terms of agree and everything that you get. It’s important that you understand all the value we provide to your business.
You get a customized discussion about your needs and concerns. Have all your cloud questions answered. Understand the cloud and feel confident you know what you need to know.
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