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Robert Rostamizadeh
| 06/29/2019

Cloud - Based Platforms: Small Businesses Reap Greatest Benefits for Improved Productivity

With increasing frequency, cloud technologies are affording small businesses meaningful benefits in productivity. These benefits, including the ability to meet changing market conditions to improve business continuity and to expand flexibility for demand and device requirements, are empowering small business to compete with larger organizations on an unprecedented scale

Adapting to Changing Market Conditions

When competitive forces are at play, speed matters - including the speed of execution and speed to market. Small businesses must be more nimble, not only to meet the changing demands of customers, but to also drive continuous improvement using easily adaptable technologies.

The cloud enables this pace of change by quickly optimizing business solutions and workflows, effectively shortening development cycles while also embedding security protocols into the workflow. These condensed development processes help small businesses accelerate change while minimizing business risk.

Improved Business Continuity

Adoption of business continuity and disaster recovery systems have always been excellent ways of eliminating expensive protocols and redundancies - especially for small businesses that converted early to cloud platforms.

Cloud solutions for this purpose are, by far, the best opportunities for businesses, providing 24/7 access to data and infrastructure, with consistent and predictable costs that help keep organizations on budget.

Flexible Options for Demand and Devices

The flexibility of cloud technologies, specifically for fluctuating demand, provides greater overall efficiency and can instantly meet expanding and contracting bandwidth at a moment`s notice.

Eliminating the problems of over-provisioning or IT systems overload easily increases and decreases resources based on both internal and external demands - a flexibility often out of reach for small organizations when using on-site technology.

In addition, cloud-based systems also meet the growing demands of today`s mobile workforce by leveraging its flexibility as a device agnostic platform. Tapping the more than 2.7 billion smartphone users predicted for 2019, cloud systems are better prepared to meet the viral expansion of remote workers, which is anticipated to make up 50 percent of the U.S workforce by 2027.

For small businesses, thriving means taking actions to improve productivity in advance of the competition. There`s no better way to accelerate this process than by taking advantage of all the benefits that the cloud has to offer.

To learn more about how to increase the productivity of independent dealers through a cloud-based DMS, contact your CDK Global representative.

Robert Rostamizadeh
Robert Rostamizadeh

ROBERT ROSTAMIZADEH is director of product and engineering for CDK Global, the largest provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail industry. Rostamizadeh has more than 18 years of experience as a software engineer and engineering lead. He earned a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from Oregon State University.