How Can Cloud File Sync Accelerate Your Business Turnovers?

How Can Cloud File Sync Accelerate Your Business Turnovers?
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Chandana

Published on July 26, 2013


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Whether you like it or not, no one can stop technological advancement from taking place and that applies with Cloud computing too. This is something that has changed the world in ways none of us would have expected. It started with the likes of Dropbox, where we could share and store, files and documents online. Now, it has shifted to the world of business, where every Tom, Dick and Harry wants a piece of the cloud. The hype is overwhelming and there is nothing we can do about it. The good thing - Cloud computing is more of an upside than a downside. Because of cloud computing, the world has witnessed a drastic increase in technological mergers and acquisitions. No company wants to lurk behind and find itself in demise; especially with the way things are being run and operated all over the world.

The Game Has Changed 
The technology world is shifting from desktops and physical PCs to Smartphone and Cloud computing. In fact, this has driven about 42 percent of technology deal-makings. In the second quarter of 2014 (April to June), a total of $52.4 billion worth of deals were conducted across the globe. This is a 57 percent year-over-year increase. These mergers and acquisitions have happened very fast such that even the savviest vendors are left gasping for breath. That is, big technology giants like Microsoft are struggling to keep up with the pace of shifting to cloud and mobile. With the rise of cloud models, the game has changed. There is a rise of new players. From a business perspective, the market goes to those who have assembled the right mix of highly skilled staff coupled with the latest technological innovations. This in turn offers the best services and the most compelling value proposition to the customers. The good news is that part of the combination (probably the skilled staff) can be bought.

Cloud Computing is the Present, and Future 
Other than new players in the market, cloud file sharing has also brought about new methods of delivery, product sets, and customer expectations. Therefore, cloud is responsible for the burst of mergers, acquisitions and the emergence of new players. Well, this means that cloud computing is the present and the future, but mainly leaning more on the latter. For that reason alone, every business (SME, Large Corporation) is throwing everything at their disposal – including the kitchen sink – just to stay afloat and remain relevant.   The fact is that things have shifted in a way that it makes Cloud file sharing very difficult to ignore. Today, organizations are no longer solely responsible for the running and management of IT. Instead, business growth is supported by driving innovation while trying to reduce costs.

Cloud Computing is the Best Solution
Driving innovation while at the same time lowering costs is a lot of pressure, and it has taken a toll on quite a number of firms. Luckily enough, cloud is the best and the most appropriate solution. At the same time, the cloud applications are different in a way that the cloud provider (not the customer) is responsible for operations, maintenance, and bandwidth of the software. As if that is not enough, cloud applications are accessible through standard web browsers, thus providing scalability, versatility and agility to a customer.

Choose Your Vendor Carefully 
Now, how can cloud file sync accelerate your business turnovers? Well, in order to maximize cash flow, a business needs to work hand in hand with vendors offering flexible cloud services. The vendors also ought to offer business models in the form of wholesale charges that spread costs over time. Not forgetting; while in search for a vendor, pick a firm that gives you an ultimate control over the end-user packaging and pricing. For example, some of the key ingredients offered by a reliable vendor include:

  • SaaS bundles with abundant amounts of cloud storage
  • Wholesale, monthly, weekly, and per user billing
  • Total control over retail pricing
  • Branding features that allow you, as a business, to make the solutions your own


Ways to Accelerate Business Turnover  
There are quite a number of ways a business can apply to achieve the goal of accelerating its turnover. Let’s have a look at some of the potential approaches a business can take.

  • Annual Subscriptions:

Simply because the vendor charges on a monthly basis, it does not mean that you (as the business) also copy and do the same. Instead, it is advisable for a business to pay the wholesale price, and break it down to the end user in a predictable monthly installment. Or better still, package the subscription and offer it in 1, 2, or 3 year installments. This is great with licensed end-users. Evidently, this is a business choice and more than a few other clients may prefer monthly billings. However, if the price is right, a few other clients may as well go for the added simplicity of paying upfront for a yearly service. This accelerates a partner’s upfront cash flow.

  • Migration Projects :

As a business partner, you can opt for a feature referred as File-Server Enablement, which allows your business to cloud connect the client’s legacy file server and map it with the users. Here, the data can be synced between different file servers like the Macs, PCs, tablets, and Smartphones. With that in mind, there are clients willing to migrate off other collaboration platforms, like Sharepoint and the number of willing clients are many and in spades! Nevertheless, even with the feature File-Server Enablement, there is a fair amount of labor involved so that one can connect legacy infrastructure to team shares and other users. Here, the partners are to maximize and take advantage of the opportunity for special for the project. In the process of deploying the Anchor platform, make use of the migration revenue.

  • Premium Managed Services:

The key to large amounts of cash flow is by going for the premium pricing. Any business partner that focuses on the proposition of managed services ought to charge an ample premium for:

  1. Deploying
  2. Managing
  3. Monitoring
  4. Evolving file sync deploying

This is because client requirements are always changing. Apart from that, security monitoring is a non-stop endeavor. Adds, changes, and moves are to be expected at all times. Therefore, a business partner should deliver cloud file syncing as a fully managed offer, and the charge can vary from $15 to $25 per user per month. If you decide to take the premium approach, then the business can end up making about 60 to 75 percent recurring gross margins.

Double Service Option – File Backup, and File Sync:
It is no doubt that when a business decides to offer both file backup and cloud file sync, then more customers (or users) will be attracted to the offer. This is particularly ideal for mobile remote users and corporate-issued laptops. Here, a business partner can decide to use one wholesale service and provide two different and discrete retail service offerings – one focused on backup and the other on file sync. When a business embraces clouding, it will need to nimble and creative in how they price, monetize, and package cloud services.

Other Ways of Accelerating Business Turnover 
The aforementioned methods are handy and applicable for business partners offering the backup and file syncing services. However, the methods we are about to take a look at, are mainly applicable across the globe.

Economies of Scale 
With the right cloud computing service, a business can achieve the required economies of scale by increasing volume output. Such increased productivity is achieved by employing fewer people. For that reason, the cost per unit will drop and thus increasing your business turnover.

Reduced Infrastructure Expenditure 
When it comes to cloud computing, a business gets to reduce cost in infrastructure with minimal upfront spending. This can be pay as you go on a weekly, quarterly or yearly based on the kind of demand.

Time Saving Costs 
Since business employees get to access files and documents from wherever they are, work is completed as fast as possible. That is, more work is done in less time with less people.

Reduced Capital Costs  
The biggest advantage of cloud computing is the reduced costs of capital. There is no need to spend big money on things like hardware, software and licensing fees.

Improve Accessibility
Since customers or users get to access a company’s cloud file syncing, most of them will find it easy to handle whichever business they have. This is appealing and thus attractive to the products sold or services offered. This in turn increases turnover.

Improve Flexibility 
Similarly, it is advisable to improve on the flexibility of your business. Simply provide some flexible offers. For example, offer your customers with services like a combination of file sync and file backup. If well taken care of, a business has the capability of changing direction without serious financial issues at stake.

Monitor Projects More Effectively 
It is important that you stay within budget and always stay ahead of the completion cycle times. If effectively run, the best way to maintain and accelerate your business incomings. You can improve this by stretching and growing without the need to buy costly software licenses or programs.

Less Personnel Required 
It is a no wonder there are acquisitions and mergers in the world of technology. Because of the cloud file syncing and backup, you need fewer employees. This means less workforce, thus less cost of paying employees. The reduced cost means increased turnover.

Lower risks with Subscription Based on Cost model 
A business is important if it takes into play the PAYG (pay as you go). This is a subscription-based cost structure, and a cloud service that requires lower initial investment and a typically lower overall cost compared to an On-premise. Cloud solutions provide an easy way out if the customer is not satisfied with the product. Therefore, the risk is in the hand of a cloud vendor, and not on the company itself.

Improved Information Security
When a company hires the services of cloud computing, the biggest risk is sacrificing the security of data, especially when the data exists outside the internal firewall. However, if you pick the right cloud provider, then you guarantee security due to strict ISO security standards, which cloud providers have to adhere to.

Deployment Time Decreases From Years to Months 
With cloud computing, time value is significantly lower than on-premise applications. In simple words, it takes a shorter time to implement cloud solutions compared to on-premise solutions. For example, a ‘Go Live’ cloud solution takes about 2 or 3 quarters, whereas on-premises will require about 2 to 3 years of implementation.

Increased Mobile World 
Since the world is shifting and increasingly becoming a mobile business world, the advent of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend is fueling a faster growth of mobile devices in the workplace. With cloud file syncing, workers such as representatives are sure that whatever material they are working on is always in sync with the documents on their main computer at the office. This is reliable and reduces the costs of spending lots of time in an office, where workers need to communicate with one another. Instead, with cloud computing, the workers only need to make a report of the task they are obliged with.

Revision-Based Backup 
In most cases, both users and administrators need to access older versions of files. For example, a user would like to make various modifications to a file and that the changes are very necessary. Such files can be restored from the servers in case of data loss. Business-class cloud file syncs convey a byte-level revision of files that are modified by the system, allowing users to view and restore files. This is incredible since it means that nothing is ever lost. This enables every data to be maintained.

Conclusion
If a business adopts cloud solutions, then it can lower total costs and instead accelerate business turnover. This is possible since it is a transition from a fixed cost structure to a variable one. And it frees up critical IT resources for strategic innovations and initiatives. Unlike the physically-present, on-premise software applications, the cloud applications are remotely located and managed. The software is also built with single code-based customization to suit a firm’s needs.  

About the Author

Chandana is working as a Senior Content Writer in Simplilearn.com and handles variety of creative writing jobs. She has done M.A. in English Literature from Gauhati University. A PRINCE2 Foundation certified, she has a unique and refreshing style of writing which can engross the readers to devour each sentence of her write-ups.


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