Today, we’re going to talk about the three most important technologies of focus on in 2019.
Cloud computing is growing quickly.
Gartner reports that cloud services spending is projected to grow 17% annually (upwards of $206 billion) in 2019, up from $175.8 billion in 2018. By 2022, 90% of organizations will be using some sort of cloud services. It enables a user to store and share data like applications, files, and more to remote locations. Here’s five ways that the cloud will benefit your business, no matter what industry you’re in.
- Reduced Cost: One of the most obvious advantages small businesses can get by shifting to the cloud is saving money. The cloud provides businesses both small and large with services at affordable and scalable prices. The cloud can expand the value of your office hardware, which means companies can achieve more with less. In some cases, you’ll see a significant decline in power consumption and rack space. For small businesses those can mean cost savings.
- Enhanced Flexibility: The cloud gives you and your business so much flexibility and freedom because it allows you to access data and business-related files from any location and any device with an internet connection.
- Secured Data: Improved security of data is another asset of cloud computing. With traditional data storage systems, the data can be easily stolen or damaged. There can also be more chances for serious cyber-attacks like viruses, malware, and hacking. Human errors and power outages can also affect data security.
- Effective Collaboration: Effective collaboration is possible through the cloud which helps small businesses to track and oversee workflow and progress for effective results. There are tons of cloud collaboration tools available in the market such as Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, Salesforce, Basecamp, Hive, etc. These tools allow users to create, edit, save and share documents for workplace collaboration. A user can also constrain the access of these materials.
- Scalability: One of the great aspects of cloud-based services is their scalability. Currently, a small business may require limited storage, mobility, and more. But in the future, needs and requirements will increase significantly in parallel with the growth of the business. Scalability ensures all your requirements are served according to your budget plans.
Office 365 and Microsoft 365
As a product line, Microsoft Office dates back nearly three decades, with early versions essentially combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a discounted bundle.
Office 365 and Microsoft 365, which has been available since 2011, differs from the old-fashioned bundle in two respects: First, it’s licensed as a monthly or annual subscription rather than as a perpetual license. Second, it combines a suite of online services, including business-class email and cloud file storage, along with the traditional desktop apps.
Because it’s a subscription offering, desktop programs are updated automatically, and if your subscription is current, you get the latest versions.
You might be asking which services are in Office 365 and Microsoft 365. The exact mix of apps and services available with an Office 365 or Microsoft 365 subscription depends on which edition you’ve chosen. The following four services are common to all business and enterprise plans: Exchange Online, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams.
Cybersecurity has always been a challenge to businesses, it’s just a matter of how much of a challenge.
Cybersecurity concerns shouldn’t be a surprise to any business, what should be a surprise is how easily a company can fall victim to some sort of cyber-attack. A lot of factors clearly show us why cyber security is becoming important to combat in 2019 and beyond. Fighting fraudulent messages, phishing attempts, compromised networks, device security issues, and malware are all factors of your technology that need as much attention as possible. Things like new vulnerabilities, innovative technologies, concerns for the protection of data, cloud storage security, and the Internet of Things, all make your technology challenging to manage.
Couple these struggles with human error or a lack of training, and the struggles can amplify.
We hope you enjoyed our three most important technologies to focus on in 2019.