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Gearing up for the cloud? The shift to drive your business forward

By Steven Cohen, Head of Sage One International (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia)


Johannesburg, 06 Jul 2016
Read time 2min 10sec

Transitioning to the cloud comes with a fair amount of uncertainty. Concerns regarding malware, compliance and security are probably the first on the list, but are not the only point of hesitation.

Hardware failures, the fear of downtime, and the loss of important data are all reasons why there is apprehension in terms of cloud migration. But, those who have taken the leap and moved to the cloud are not looking back.

In a recent study, 65% of business executives said moving to the cloud has freed up IT resources to work on more strategic tasks, and 64% added these initiatives were implemented faster, says Steven Cohen, Head of Sage One International (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia).

Despite increased efficiency, there are five more reasons why moving to the cloud is an option that should be considered.

1. Access to world-class infrastructure and skills
Credible cloud providers use the best hardware, software and skills. Data centres are also required to adhere to a variety of audits and industry standards.

2. Up-to-date security and software
In the cloud, a specialist will take care of the security for you, and every time you connect, you will have access to the latest version of applications. Legacy accounting systems may no longer be supported by the vendor leaving your data vulnerable.

3. Saving money
With cloud, you can save up to 80% on your IT budget and 90% on your energy bill. No more costly hardware or IT support - an Internet connection is all you need.

4. Data backup - all taken care of
Hard drives lost to theft or fire is no longer a worry. A good cloud application will keep your data backed up to the last minute, without any need for special action from your side.

5. Productivity boost
Cloud provides a potential productivity increase of up to 400%, say companies that have invested in cloud technology. That's about 1.5 hours saved per day.

We are living in an increasingly digital world, and the speed of technological change means businesses often struggle to keep up. Moving to the cloud is a solution that offers more benefits than risk. The future is mobile and we are giving our customers the power to control their businesses from the palm of their hand.

Sage

Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world's entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the UK 30 years ago, and over 13 000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. Sage reinvents and simplifies business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. And as a FTSE 100 business, Sage is active in supporting its local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation.

Sage - the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world's entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.sage.com.

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IdeaEngineers Ashmika Panday (+27) 011 803 0030 ashmika@ideaengineers.co.za
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