Does the retail industry need Cloud? Here’s what we think…

Many industries are readily adopting or maturing their Cloud for 2015. It’s true, it’s not for everyone when it comes to business, but it is for some businesses more than others.


Cloud opens an ample amount of opportunity to scale and grow your business. So why is it so great for retailers to adopt the Cloud?
For retailers, taking on the Cloud can means you don’t have the need to invest in new stores and help businesses tap into new global markets without the burden of high overhead costs. Furthermore, as more consumers demand a seamless, tailor made buying experience, retailers can leverage the Cloud to cumulate and assess customer behaviour and deliver high levels of personalisation.

So what can adopting the Cloud, do for retailers?

Get relevant data to your employees
Retailers tend to have a number of locations – especially the global brands like Zara, H&M etc. so more often than not they face the challenge sending the right HR paperwork, training materials, financial documents and more to the right employees and when it is needed.
The Cloud enables retailers to segment and organize data across every department so you can allow or block to specific people, ensuring your data is not compromised. These control features are especially important for companies that frequently work with contractors, rapid growth or have high turnover.

Enables department collaboration
You want make sure that as you are growing and scaling, your department is working seamlessly and efficiently. In order to that, you need to provide tools that embrace collaboration among various departments. If a supply chain manager in LA needs to edit inventory plans with a manager in Edinburgh, the Cloud can provide an simple and secure platform to make it all happen.


Manage your employees and their files
Every business has the standard annual review and training, and businesses find it hard when their employees are scattered nationally or globally. Therefore your business needs a central location where you can manage data; provide quick access to handbooks, team schedules and guidelines; throughout the duration of their employment.


Choose your Cloud options carefully
Businesses around the world are searching for Cloud technologies that provide the agility, full control and efficiency they need to stay ahead of the trends and market. There are a number of options when it comes to Cloud, but you have to look out for the ones that will suit your business best.
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself when going for Cloud:


Does the Cloud have the right architecture to support my files?
Although the attractive bonus features some Cloud solutions may make your eyes pop, however the most important quality to look for in the Cloud solution is its architecture foundation. If your provider lacks the architecture to accommodate your businesses file sharing, that option could lead to costly ties and errors over time.


Is it elastic and scalable?
Make sure to consider how your business might change and grow in the future. Determine whether the Cloud’s structure delivers the scope to serve your data needs and user base now and for how you plan to grow.


Do you trust that particular Cloud solution enough?
Your data and files are confidential and important, so you need to make sure be as secure in your Cloud provider’s hands as they are locked in a filing cabinet behind your desk. Does the provider have a comprehensive security approach to ensure your data is protected? Is the control model to manage file shares and permissions as dependable as an on-premises model?


Your Cloud solution needs to be simple and needs to be highly functional, and equipped to help you collaborate on projects so you can accelerate your business into new realms of efficiency. For this reason, look for a solution that all users — regardless of their tech abilities or location — can make a part of their daily routine.


Also, your Cloud solution should preserve the structural integrity of your data and give you uninterrupted, flexible access to all of your critical files. Make sure you’re asking each Cloud provider if its solution offers a cost-effective data migration process.


While Cloud services have the potential to transform your business and internal operations, failing to adequately assess each option could cause serious problems in the future. A lack of scalability can lead to deteriorating productivity, and security/data integrity issues can have major compliance, financial and legal implications.


Don’t let potential Cloud woes deter you from adopting this technology. We have helped a number of businesses migrate and adopt the Cloud, ensuring that the right Cloud solution is integrated seamlessly into business processes.


With Cloud expert Andy Forkgen, we also conduct seminars for businesses who want insights into Cloud. We go through the essence of Cloud, the challenges and use live case studies to discover the benefits of Cloud.


We also provide one-to-one consultation with businesses. Here, we carefully consider your business needs, go through the solution step by step and choose a solution that suits your business most – be it off the shelf or bespoke.