4 questions to ask before committing to cloud based systems

by Dhiren Bhatia / April 04, 2020

In this episode, I will dive into how and why a business owner should choose a cloud based software instead of a traditional one. This is something that a lot of business owners consult me on all the time, and I'd like to share my knowledge and expertise on the subject so you can make the right decision. My advice will be based on the four questions that you should ask yourself and your team before you commit to any system for your business. First off, the one thing to note is that the right cloud based system can be a game changer for your business because it can manage practically every aspect of your business including sales, accounting, HR, and many other of your business processes.

Many of these cloud based systems can also integrate with each other, and therefore, they can handle everything easily, securely, and seamlessly. Onboarding for any software takes time and energy regardless of how user friendly the system is, and so you must learn how to set it up properly, and train your staff how to use it. After that you can create internal procedures and processes around its use, and then finally, customize it for your business needs. To achieve all that, the first question you should ask yourself is where you expect your company to be in two, three, and five years, whether you want to have additional locations, staff, or a customer load that will make your current system difficult to use, whether you have plans to grow online, and whether you want to start selling your services or products both online and in store. 

The second question you should ask yourself is what kind of hardware your systems will require because cloud systems can sometimes present a challenge especially when trying to integrate them into traditional hardware. Once you have figured that out, the third question you should ask yourself is what the cloud software you want to use does and whether it works for a business like yours. That will help you choose the software that best meets the unique needs of your business. The final thing to consider after that is the quality of customer support you want to ensure in your business so that you can shop for a system that will enable you to cut down your onboarding time, and all the monetary and non-monetary costs. Listen in to the episode and make sure you take notes because it’s going to be a resourceful one. Enjoy!

Key Takeaways:

  • The power of a cloud based software for any business (01:08)
  • Why most businesses end up overpaying for their software (02:00)
  • The goals you must keep in mind when you’re evaluating your software options (03:48)
  • Hedging yourself against the interruption implementing a new system could cause in your business operations (07:04)
  • One of the biggest benefits of choosing cloud based systems (08:45)


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