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Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings

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Time To Embrace Cloud Computing

A survey we’ve read here at the Post Office Shop claims that small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are learning to appreciate the value of cloud computing like never before which enables them to free themselves from maintaining their own software, servers and other IT related infrastructure.

Ideal for business owners on the move who are working remotely, cloud computing is the general term used for the delivery of hosted services over the internet rather than using a local server or a personal computer.

Even just a few years ago, the options to work effectively from a remote location were far more limited than they are today. Amongst the most valuable business functions facilitated by cloud technology which are being embraced by more and more SMEs are content communications, collaboration tools as well as data management and analytics.

Growth in cloud computing

Over two thirds of UK SMEs (69 per cent) now use cloud-based applications and more than half (53 per cent) think such technology is vital to enable remote working as it helps facilitate working from home and even taking a holiday as a small business owner.

As well as cloud-based applications, other factors interpreted as crucial to effective remote working include access to company data and fibre-optic broadband, facilitating fast wi-fi access when out of the office. The parallel growth of ePrint whereby users can print documents directly to public printers in copy shops and libraries from multifunctional printers like the Brother MFC-9140CDN has undoubtedly helped too.

And it appears that as well as the flexibility that cloud computing offers, studies have also suggested that working remotely often leads to an increase in productivity. Indeed, almost a third of UK office workers have reported an increase in productivity when working outside the workplace. So, in this instance the cloud really does have a silver lining!

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