Cloud-based software has been around for several years, but many business owners still have hesitations about switching from installed software to a cloud-based program. If you fall into that camp, this article is for you!
Here are 5 common myths about cloud-based software—and the true story behind each one.
Myth 1: It’s easier for employees to steal my data on a cloud-based system.
Security is actually a bigger issue on desktop, where any employee with access to your computer can use your software and potentially view (or take) your client list. With a cloud-based system, you can assign individual logins to your employees and restrict what they can and can’t access, giving you more control over your staff’s permissions.
Myth 2: Sharing data in the cloud is unsafe.
Every system you use to manage your personal life—whether it’s online banking, medical records, DMV changes, or parking ticket payments—has moved into the cloud. If these businesses trust cloud-based software to manage their data, which requires the highest levels of security, you can trust that your business data will be safe in the cloud as well.
Myth 3: A cloud-based system can go down, while an installed system always works.
Cloud-based systems generally have a high level of performance and very little downtime because their code can be updated at any time. When there are outages, data collection and backups continue on the backend so you don’t lose anything beyond temporary access to your system.
Conversely, when an installed system goes on the fritz, you could potentially lose data, interrupt manual backups, and experience prolonged system freezes. Installed software also requires manual updates that can lead to downtime or ongoing performance issues. These software updates often have a cost associated with them as well, either for the update itself or for tech support needed to implement the update.
Myth 4: I can’t “own” a cloud-based system.
While you don’t “own” a cloud-based system, you do own all of the data and customer records within it. And although it might feel like you “own” an installed system, you’re really just licensing it for use on your business computer(s). In fact, if you run installed software on multiple machines, you’re likely paying more than you would for a cloud-based system that can be accessed anywhere.
Myth 5: Switching to a cloud-based system will take too much time.
If you’ve signed up for installed software, you may have experienced extremely long on-boarding processes (upwards of 3 months). With cloud-based systems, you don’t have to worry about long setup times. Once you’ve finished your initial data import, you’ll be up and running—no need to wait for software installations or custom development work.
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