5 Reasons to Consider Moving to the Cloud - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

When Miami-based law firm, delancyhill decided to downsize and work remotely from home, client locations, and satellite offices instead of their overpriced downtown office, they realized that they would need to move their servers to the cloud. They hired Invizio, a managed IT services provider, that helped them to work more flexible by giving them access to emails, documents, case files, and partners’ calendars from their iPhones and laptops. But before they made the transition, Invisio’s cofounder Kevin Michael showed them some of the advantages of moving to the cloud. Listed are a couple below.

For delancyhill’s complete story, pick up a copy of the June 2011 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine.

  • 1) Get Access to Your Data & Applications from Everywhere

Whether you find yourself in or out of the office, your data and applications are always available to you via the cloud. A computer (or tablet) and Internet access is all you’ll need in order to plug and play.

  • 2) Skip the Price Tag on Technology Investment

You can put your cash towards more creative endeavors by avoiding the upfront investment in hardware and software. Being in the cloud allows you to purchase the systems and services you need in a pay-as-you-go fashion.

  • 3) Protect Your Business from Disaster

Seventy percent of small businesses that experience a data loss go out of business in a year, according to a report entitled Contingency Planning by the Strategic Research Corp and DTI/PWC. With all your important company data and business applications residing in the cloud, you’ll stand a better chance of making it through the unexpected.

  • 4) Focus on Your Business and not the Tech

In the cloud, the underlying systems are handled by your cloud services provider. There’s less need to factor in upgrades, maintenance and management of the infrastructure as something that needs to be done by your team or an outside consultant.

  • 5) Benefit from On-Demand Scalability

Getting more capacity in the cloud is as easy as flipping a switch. You won’t have to worry about the lead time to purchase a new server or install more storage because you can ramp up or downsize as needed to meet demand.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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