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The technophobe’s guide to: hosted technology

The Cloud can make IT an asset, not a drain – here’s how.

If you are looking to reduce IT costs and the time you spend trying to manage it, hosted technology could be just what you need.

What is it?

Essentially, hosted technology is computer software or services that are looked after by another company somewhere else. Normally all your data and software is stored at your company office, but using hosted technology, certain aspects of your computer systems will be located elsewhere.

Your employees connect to these systems over the Internet, hence ‘the Cloud’. The whole process is as easy as visiting a website, but everything looks and feels almost like normal.

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52% of respondents claimed hosted technology was an imperative made by their business or CIO to in order to improve costs, productivity and agility – Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey.

What’s so great?

Cloud solutions offer several major benefits for your business:

The hosted technology provider does all the hard work, maintaining servers, applying upgrades and assisting you in the event of a problem. You can now focus on your business, not your IT.

Software is provided on a subscription basis so you only pay for what you use. You will also know what your IT costs are in advance, helping improve company cash flow. Computing becomes an operational expenditure rather than a capital expenditure.

Your IT systems are looked after a team of experts, without the need to employ any new staff. You get their knowledge and experience without their wage bill.

As new features become available, your service provider will upgrade systems automatically, so you get all of the new benefits with none of the hard work.

Hosted technology provides additional cost savings – your electricity bill will reduce as you need less computers in your office for instance.

Your business can access the same advanced technologies, and reap the same benefits, as far larger competitors do with enterprise systems at a far lower cost.

Ultimately, cloud solutions offer all the benefits of IT with none of the usual headaches. Computers then shift from being a drain on resources to a valuable strategic asset.

80% of businesses already using hosted technology have reported a drop in IT costs of 10-20%, while 20% have seen savings of 30% or higher.” – European Commission figures.

You can even use cloud-based versions of your existing software to recognise all of these benefits too. You can then operate as normal, with lower costs and without the need to retrain your staff.

Many businesses are now using the benefits of cloud solutions to gain significant advantages over their clients. Will your business be left behind?

By the end of 2013, more than 75% of UK businesses will be using at least one type of cloud service. It also forecast that, of existing cloud users, 80% will increase their spending on cloud computing. – Cloud Industry Forum

Key takeaways

  • Hosted technology shifts the burden of IT management to your expert service provider.
  • Your business benefits from reduced costs and more efficient operations.
  • Everything you need is included in your subscription fee.

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