The introduction of Amazon to the Australian marketplace in late 2017, coupled with the global pandemic, greatly accelerated the growth of the cloud Down Under, where more than 40% of all workers are still contributing at least some work hours from home as of May 2021.
Microsoft, one of our partners, reported seeing two years' worth of growth in customer use of its cloud services during the first two months of the pandemic, specifically its video teleconferencing platform.
So it's no surprise to read the Australian Bureau of Statistics report noting that 55% of all businesses reported use of paid cloud computing services in 2019-20. This is a 13% increase over 2017-18.
In today's digital landscape, the cost-savings benefits of cloud computing are many. Implementing cloud-based solutions is a boon for efficiency in small and large enterprises, particularly since 75% of Aussie workers told PwC they'd prefer to continue working remotely some of the time, according to ABC News. Employees need to be able to share and access files from anywhere, allowing greater agility, collaboration and flexibility. Existing cloud-based tools can make this happen, enabling organisations to reduce up-front technology costs. This means it's easier to scale as the business grows.
Brother offers elegant solutions for companies seeking to fully migrate their print infrastructure, as well as scanning to the cloud. Partnering with a managed print services provider can help organisations reduce the time they spend managing their printer fleet. Office managers can also track usage trends, always with an eye on the bottom line.
Australia's rate of cloud adoption is increasing
Increased use of cloud-based solutions benefits individual companies as well as the entire economy. In 2019, Deloitte Access Economics estimated that the "adoption of cloud services by
Australian businesses has resulted in a cumulative productivity benefit to the economy of $9.4 billion over the last 5 years."
It's hard to envision such a big number. What do such savings look like at a small- to medium-sized enterprise? It might reveal itself in saving rent on physical, commercial space when switching from in-house data servers to cloud-based services. There might also be reduced IT costs owing to time saved — there's no need to pay staff to do updates — as well as actual savings owing to less need for in-house IT staff. Indeed, cloud-based solutions are proliferating so quickly because they are easy to start up and scale up. Plus, the necessary redundancies are built in.
Become a generally more nimble SOHO
That's Small Office, Home Office. Whether you're a solo startup or mom-and-pop shop, implementing cloud-based solutions will save on phone costs while simultaneously increasing the number of reliable audio and video telecommunications available to you.
You won't be alone in turning to the cloud for your communications. Microsoft Teams announced in March 2021 that Teams users placed more than 650 million calls in October, an 11-fold increase over March, 2020. The video conferencing platform Zoom grew its user base by 54 times between January and April of 2020, including Australian users. There were more than 800 million meetings in 2020 across the Asia-Pacific region and a million Australian students using the tool during school closures.
At its core, the cloud provides tools for increasing the ease of collaboration. And studies show they work. A 2019 Deloitte survey found that 78% of cloud services users reported increased productivity at work. Businesses that reported benefits estimated the average productivity increase to be around 29%.
Businesses that use these services better equip their employees to have access to information they need to make data-driven decisions. A 2021 Deloitte survey noted that businesses that utilise cloud-based services are more likely to store, analyze and implement data-driven decisions.
How a managed print services provider can help
Cloud-based infrastructure can also boost productivity. Brother offers enhanced cloud-based printing and scanning with Microsoft's Universal Print solutions to allow your documents to manifest info physical existence anywhere: the main office, a colleague's home or any combination thereof. Any of the company's users with a Microsoft 365 subscription, can access the Universal Print console on Brother printers without the Universal Print connector
Brother printers, which are Universal Print-ready with Universal Print-compatible firmware, eliminate the need for on-premises print servers. In this way, they lower capital expenditure — freeing up funds you need to take your business to the next level.
Because they eliminate waste, these networked Brother devices help lower energy costs, too. They likewise reduce the IT administrative burden, and help reduce the operating expenses associated with on-premises servers..
And lest scanning be overlooked, Universal Print allows users to scan in documents from anywhere for colleagues everywhere to utilise. This means important documents can be signed and shared easily across the organisation.
For more information about how Universal Print with Brother printers could be a fit for your business, contact us today. Let's talk.