Cloud technology provides new and exciting ways on how you can re-imagine your firm and make more money. And while there are companies out there who had felt the benefits of this sudden technology shift, there are those who neglects the privilege that they get from the cloud, thus making them unsuspecting victims of unwanted issues. This article will discuss the traps that all firms should watch out for when it comes to implementation of cloud computing.
1. Indecisive for Change
This is one of the most frequent issues that firms often overlook when it comes to cloud technology transition. Let’s take a look at this scenario:
“You’re an owner of an accounting firm struggling to win against competitors in your area. One of your friends advised you on switching to cloud computing. You became indecisive with your decision because of the doubts you have in mind, and as a result you procrastinate on moving to the cloud.”
Admit it: As the perfectionist, you might also want to test the waters, and let your competitors take the first jump. But what if the results of cloud technology benefits your competitor, and then after seeing it you too decided to make the move?
Basically, you might say that you’re now experiencing the benefits of the cloud just like the other firm, but technically you’re not. It’s because you’re just mimicking the firm which first did the transition. Timing is always everything and when it comes to business, time always runs out. So don’t waste the opportunities that are being handed to you, and strike while the iron is hot.
2. Law Compliance Failure
Complying to state laws is another trap that most firms often fall to when using the cloud.
Rules are often misinterpreted, which results to offenses and unwanted penalties. There are some firms which also assume that data protection features are available once they pay for subscriptions. Firms should always be aware with laws concerning data protection (HIPAA, FERPA etc.) and the consequences that they might encounter, like federal damages once they failed to protect their data.
3. Combining Manual and Automated Processes
Cloud computing is designed to revolutionize the way people perform business processes. Supposedly with the help of cloud technology, all tasks should be done faster as it decimates manual processing and drastically change the company’s workflow. Since cloud computing is capable of automating tasks which are often done manually, then there is no need for you to do both manual and automated tasks, since it only eats hours from your work.
4. Unawareness of Data Breach
One of the cloud’s cool features is its ability to have unlimited users using the cloud software at the same time. This function is applicable especially for firms where employees are working as teams on a certain task, and as they use the cloud software, they also have access with the company’s data. This is why most cloud software has this user role function that will limit the data access for employees.
Data, sometimes, are vulnerable; and if by unwanted chances data protection is being compromised, there would be chances that confidential data might accidentally leak, and causes legal liabilities for your firm.
Never waste the opportunity of testing new features in the cloud for you’ll never know, the feature that you’ve been looking for is just around the corner. Just don’t forget to take caution and analyze the consequences of the decisions that you will make once you consider the use of cloud technology as medium for your firm.