Getting your small business cloud ready with these simple steps:
1. Consult your IT Managed Service Provider and do your own research
If you have an MSP professionally looking after your business IT, the likelihood is that the MSP does not need convincing as to whether your small business should make the move to the cloud. Professional IT managed service providers are inclined to work with the cloud and the tremendous solutions it has to offer. In fact, it is very rare for us to hear of an IT MSP who steers small business users away from the cloud, particularly with the advancements in digital transformation that they have witnessed, experienced and a higher growth rate they expect to see in 2020 and beyond. The very few that do tend to steer customers away are those who insist that cloud-only benefits larger enterprises and corporations that have higher data and security risks, this is merely not true. The cloud is for everyone (personal & business) and if you don’t believe us please do your own research and come to your own perspective to help you make the right decision for you and your business.
2. Choose the right cloud and backup solutions
When it comes to getting your small business cloud-ready, your main focus should be on your needs and requirements before anything else. When it comes to choosing the right cloud and backup solutions, you may have a lot to consider such as how much storage space you will need, how is your data managed, will you require a disaster recovery plan, and, or Office 365 backup and so on. Its always good to brief your small team on what you’re about to embark on as they may put forward requests or suggestions that may otherwise go unmissed.
3. Choose the right cloud and backup service provider
When seeking a cloud and backup service provider, ensure that they are who they say they are and deliver on what they promise. If you’re unsure then speak to your trusted IT MSP, because they tend to use their own trusted provider and often recommend, or resell their cloud and backup solutions like ours, see here: Mitol Reseller Programs
4. Motivate your team so that they’re cloud ready!
Your head may have been turned to the cloud, or maybe you do not need much convincing, but not everyone is for the cloud. Ensure you keep your team informed about the new changes that will be implemented. Inform, reassure and motivate them so that they are prepared for the move to the cloud. Not so confident? Ask your IT MSP to provide information, presentations or talks.
5. Update your policies and staff handbooks
Get ready to update your policies to reflect new changes and that everyone has a copy. The information you provide to your staff should be uniform across the team and comply with the relatively new data protection legislation that was enforced on 25 May 2018.