Top 5 Benefits of Cloud-Based Software

Thinking about transitioning your business to cloud-based software? Well, you aren’t alone. According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Survey, an overwhelming 95% of enterprises use at least one cloud service. Of course, there’s a good reason so many companies prefer cloud-based software.

1. Management

With the respective service provider hosting and maintaining all necessary resources, cloud-based software is easier for companies to manage. This is in stark contrast to conventional “locally installed” software, which is hosted by the company/user instead. If the hardware running the software malfunctions or otherwise stops working, the service provider will fix it.

Many providers of cloud software also offer metering at no additional charge, meaning you can see exactly how much bandwidth you are using to avoid unforeseen expenses later down the road.

2. Access Anywhere, Anytime

Arguably, one of the greatest benefits of cloud-based software is the ability to access it from any Internet-connected computer or device. Whether you’re working in the office, lounging at home, or traveling for your business, you can access your cloud-based software. All you need is a computer or compatible device with an active Internet connection.

According to one study cited by Bloomberg, workers would accept an 8% pay cut if they were given the ability to work from home. So, by switching to the cloud, you can foster greater employee satisfaction within your company.

3. Enhanced Security

We can’t talk about the benefits of cloud-based software without mentioning security. Some people assume that anything with the word “cloud” in it is susceptible to hacking and malicious attacks, but this isn’t necessarily true. On the contrary, it can provide an additional layer of security, protecting your sensitive data from unauthorized access.

If you install software directly on your computer’s hard drive and lose the computer, a hacker or nefarious individual could access the software and retrieve your sensitive data. Conversely, using cloud-based software means the software — and your data — is stored on a remote server that’s maintained by the service provider.

4. Flexibility

Another reason to make the transition to the cloud is flexibility. Regardless of your company’s size and unique needs, you can rest assured knowing that the cloud will grow with your company.

Hopefully, your company will grow in the following months and years, in which case you’ll probably need additional bandwidth to sustain this growth. Cloud service providers can scale up their capacity to meet your company’s unique needs. And during slow periods, these service providers can scale down their capacity.

5. Cost-Savings

Last but not least, cloud-based software can yield some substantial cost-savings benefits. As stated above, cloud service providers can scale bandwidth and computing resources based on the company’s needs. This means you’re never paying for resources that you don’t need.

In addition to paying only for the resources your company needs, you can also save money with cloud-based software via the SaaS model. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) allows companies to buy usage rights for software. Instead of buying software with full usage rights, for instance, you can buy partial rights to use the cloud software, which usually results in cost-savings.

A separate survey of 1,300 UK-based companies conducted by Rackspace and the Manchester Business School and Vanson Bourne found that 88% of respondents said cloud computing has saved them money, while 56% said it helped their company boost profits.

These are just a few of the top benefits of using cloud-based software. Of course, there are other reasons to transition to the cloud, such as automatic software updates; the ability for two or more workers to collaborate on the same project; protection from data loss; and being that cloud computing scales according to your company’s size, it’s also environmentally friendly.

Sliq Welcomes Their First Canadian Municipal Customers

Municipalities across Canada adopt the popular legislative streaming software Harmony Freedom Advantage.

One year ago Sliq made Harmony Freedom Advantage (HFA) available to municipalities across Canada. Since then, nearly a dozen cities have signed up to give Sliq streaming a try.

Sliq software is used by some of the world’s most prestigious legislatures including the Canadian House of Commons and the UK House of Commons. After years of evaluating and refining HFA, Sliq is thrilled to provide municipalities with access to a top tier streaming solution. The District of West Vancouver and the City of Sarnia are just two examples of municipalities that jumped at the chance to get the same great software for a fraction of the cost.

Understanding the frustration of legislatures, Sliq created a software solution that would enable governments to manage vast quantities of audio and video content. While many governments are lagging in mobile friendly and responsive web video, Sliq strives to close the gap by providing effective solutions that are affordable. With HFA, municipalities are able to schedule, index and post videos online all from one application. Citizens can watch meetings live and on-demand directly through their municipality’s website. Moreover, citizens can use video indexes to skip to the points of the meeting that are relevant to them.

With one-step agenda importation, short cut indexing and automatic video uploads, Sliq has been able to deliver an unsurpassable level of functionality to their customers.

Getting started with Sliq is not only quick and easy but it is also an affordable and all-inclusive monthly service with no startup fees. Get in touch with Sliq to learn how HFA can meet the needs of your government.

Sliq is offering a free trial to qualified municipalities. “We are happy to offer potential customers a free trial. It’s an opportunity for them to try our software, interact with our support team and see what makes our offerings so superior,” said Nic Côté, VP Business Development. The trial is straight forward: Sliq will send you an encoder with their software installed, the encoder will stream the audio/video from your meeting, send it to the cloud and place it on your website. After two months, if you are not satisfied, just send the encoder back.