What are Cloud Apps and Why Does Your Business Need Them?

If you’re new to using the cloud as a business tool, and the apps which make it possible, then it can all seem a bit daunting. But cloud apps are incredibly useful and versatile for driving business and making short work of both complex and routine tasks. Let’s look at what cloud apps are and why your business needs them.

The what

The term “cloud” simply refers to something being accessible via the internet. So, whereas you previously may have purchased software to install across devices, now you can access that software on any internet-enabled device. It allows for working on the move, wherever and whenever, as long as you are connected to the internet.

Cloud apps are apps that use the cloud to make accessibility easy. You’ll be familiar with these in many instances due to the apps you already have and use on your smartphone. What’s important is choosing the right cloud-based apps to streamline your business.

The why

There are a plethora of reasons why your business should use cloud-based apps. We’re working in an increasingly connected and mobile world: cloud apps allow you to work on the go. They allow you to update your systems in real-time so that employees in the office can see your expenses even though you’re still on the business trip.

They reduce errors because there are no time lags. You don’t waste time and resources on updates as they happen automatically. You’ll always be working with the most up-to-date system which is a huge benefit in the ever changing landscape of business.

At their heart, business cloud apps should be about improving efficiency, making processes more effective, and enabling you to work smarter not harder.

The how

However, start to look in to business cloud based apps and you’ll be forgiven for being totally overwhelmed. There are, simply, tons of them. How do you know what you need?

Look at your business systems and functions. Ask yourself, where are the bottlenecks? Where is time spent and wasted? Particularly, where is it spent without much reward? Where do errors occur? What errors cost the most? These are the areas of the business which can benefit from cloud apps.

An excellent example of this is the business’s bookkeeping function. Bookkeeping is a necessary evil, it needs to be done. However, no one is jumping up and down with enthusiasm for it.

Yet the reality is that for many small businesses this role falls to the individual in charge – the one who already has enough on their plate. The result is errors which can often be costly. In addition, it eats up time which is in high demand for any business owner.

Choosing Pandle as your bookkeeping cloud app

Therefore it makes supreme sense to use a cloud app for bookkeeping. It’s a way of staying on top of the accounts, providing transparency to your procedures, and simplifying an important but laborious part of the business.

What holds people back from embracing cloud apps, even when they know they are likely going to gain from them, is fear of the unknown and concerns about data transfer and simplicity.

At Pandle we’ve taken this all into account and aim to make the process of moving to us as simple as possible. Once you’ve started using a cloud app for bookkeeping you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

Do you use any cloud apps? Pandle is available on both Apple and Android for download. If you have any queries, please contact us via support@pandle.co.uk.  

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