Q&A

What are the most common misconceptions regarding cloud computing? In the answers below we will try to shed a different light on what working in the cloud really means.

1. Is data stored in the cloud unsafe and vulnerable?

Despite what people might think, the cloud really is the safest place to store your data.

 

Some entrepreneurs still rely on storing data at the office with a single back-up stored on and external hard drive every night. Besides the fact that this form of data storage is very cumbersome and time consuming, it’s also vulnerable. Storing all your data in one place can be very risky.

 

If something were to happen to the office building such as a fire or a break-in, your data would be compromised. Not to mention hackers that could steal your data in a heartbeat. Of course, it’s possible nowadays to have an insurance for data recuperation. But there is no full coverage insurance that can protect you from a PR disaster or losing the economic value of the compromised data. Even if you would still have a back-up somewhere it takes a very long time before everything is installed back correctly on your computers.

 

If there is one place you can think of where keeping your data safe is most important, you would most likely think of a bank. What if we told you that even De Nederlandse Bank relies on data-storage services from Google and Amazon? That means, they work in the cloud as well.

 

For businesses that offer cloud services, losing data has a huge impact on their credibility. That means they must have the best security in place, much better than any other business would need. This is their core business, so you better believe they have everything possible in place to keep it safe.

2. Is it difficult to transfer to a full cloud digital infrastructure?

Transferring to the cloud is surprisingly uncomplicated and has many advantages.

 

With a solid migration plan and professional guidance, transferring to the cloud goes smoothly. Especially when a full migration can be done during the weekend or whenever it suits you and your business best.
Transferring your Microsoft Office infrastructure to the cloud also means access to a lot of extra applications such as Sharepoint, Microsoft Dynamics etc.

3. Hiring services or applications with Referit, is that more expensive than what I’m using now?

If you let Referit maintain your infrastructure it can save you money.

 

Maintaining your IT-infrastructure goes a lot further than installing the programs and server or making back-ups.
For every business hidden costs can be a pain and profitability of all processes is a must. Referit can provide you with tools that make you aware of the Total Cost of Ownership regarding your IT-infrastructure. And review all your processes to expose any hidden costs that you may have.

4. Your time isn’t valuable?

Every hour that isn’t spent on your core business essentially costs you money.

 

 

Your passion for doing business is most likely driven by the core activities of your business. The less time you get to spend on these activities, the more it undermines the passion you have for your business. This is a common mistake by entrepreneurs.

The time that you spend on secondary activities or processes is time that you can no longer spend on your core activities. The ones that contribute directly to your profit. Not only does this drain your energy, you also have to work more hours to get everything done. In the long term, it’s hard to balance it all. And it will cost you more than you bargained for.
Automation can be the perfect solution for you.  First off you would need less employees, that alone can save you a lot of money. Automation can also contribute to streamlined processes that you have more control over. If there are any hiccups, you can spot and fix them much faster. Long story short, properly automating tasks save you a lot time that you can now again spend on your most important activities. Time is so valuable because you can’t make up for lost times.

5. Is a subscription-based IT-infrastructure more expensive?

No, in fact it can be cheaper.

 

The very base of a subscription is spreading investments, cost and income over multiple clients. The same is true for any type of subscription. This creates a perfect balance between cost and income.

When you add up all the investments you make in computer programs, keeping them up to date, maintaining/securing them and the cost of an extra IT-employee. You will soon find that all this combined is much more expensive in the long run than any subscription. The costs mentioned above are all included.
An IT-infrastructure in the cloud also offers the advantage of a One Source Data Management (OSDM). This type of information logistics harmonizes all your data and prevents it from generating incorrect information, making mistakes or double data. Non harmonized data could have big consequences for your customers. When a customer is provided with the wrong data for more than once it could seriously harm your relationship with them. This will cost you a whole lot more than a subscription would. Data harmonization allows you to do more with your data in a much more efficient way.

6. Don’t you lose control over your business when you outsource the management of your IT infrastructure?

When you outsource your IT infrastructure this gives you more control over your business instead.

 

In the world of computer and IT there is only one constant: it’s constantly evolving. An evolution in the world of computers is being able to store more data in a smaller ‘space’. Computers are becoming a fraction of their original size and much more powerful. Another large breakthrough is that you are now able to not only store data on your own devices but also on a large distance in data centers. You can change the location of your hard drive. The world is univocally changing to a remote and mobile business approach.

 

Outsourcing your IT infrastructure can give you more control. As soon as you have determined the right policies and tools you want to provide to your employees, there’s no question whether they have access to sensitive data or can adjust those files without authorization. When you have access to an IT-specialist, he or she can make sure of that, and make adjustments at any time when necessary. This not only gives you more control but also keeps your data and company safe.

7. Could my own IT- personnel see a collaboration with an IT-company as a threat? The modern IT employee doesn’t fix problems but prevents them.

The modern IT employee doesn’t fix problems but prevents them!

 

Instead of seeing it as a problem or threat you could also stimulate your IT personnel to take on more creative roles within your company. What we mean by this is, that the role and tasks can shift from routine tasks towards process-engineering. Your IT personnel now gets the time to concentrate on your own internal company processes while benefitting from a new and improved IT infrastructure designed by us.

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