INSIGHT: Xero throws down cloud gauntlet to NZ SMBs

Victoria Crone, Managing Director, Xero New Zealand believes it’s time for small businesses to stop making excuses and give cloud technology a chance.

Cloud myth #3: The cloud isn’t reliable

Internet reliability and reach is improving as providers continue to invest in infrastructure across the country.

As with electricity services across much of New Zealand today, it’s rare for the Internet to go down and when it does, it doesn’t take long for it to come back online.

Meanwhile, your data is safe in the event of an outage, and you’re likely to have it available again soon.

Where infrastructure is still developing in parts of rural New Zealand, some businesses use a combination of onsite and offsite cloud solutions to ensure critical systems are always available.

I think we can all agree that the world is becoming more connected, not less, and as broadband infrastructure continues to grow in rural New Zealand, driven by the Rural Broadband Initiative, this will evolve rapidly.

Cloud myth #4: The Cloud is a fad

The cloud is not a fad – it's proven to have longevity and is only going to get bigger. Internet banking, a great example of how the cloud works in providing you access to your bank’s information, has been around for more than 15 years.

Whilst the industry of cloud services is relatively new, the increased speeds and reliability arising from the continuing development of internet infrastructure means that the business case for using cloud services is only growing stronger.

Use of cloud can also be very powerful in terms of creativity because it supports collaboration in real time.

And, with some of the biggest global software players like Microsoft and Adobe switching over to cloud-based services, we can take this as a clear sign that the cloud is now thoroughly mainstream.

SMBs in the cloud

If you haven’t already, there’s never been a better time to take a serious look at how your small business could reap the benefits of operating in the cloud.

As with any business supplier decision, it is critical to immerse yourself in the finer details of any cloud services agreement, but the tangible benefits to productivity that the cloud offers speak for themselves.

With access to your important business information anywhere, anytime, the cloud takes the stress and effort out of IT and allows you to get on with what’s making you money, and offering a competitive advantage that is impossible to ignore.

By Victoria Crone - Managing Director, Xero New Zealand

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