There's been a real shift in how businesses look at technology to enhance their business functions. Gone are the days of clunky, inflexible installed systems that seem archaic almost immediately upon "going live". Now, businesses are increasingly finding real benefits in working online, or "The Cloud" and licensing Software as a Service (SaaS) systems to manage their businesses.
Online event software means there is no need to install software onto a physical device. You can access cloud-based software from anywhere in the world, at any time - so long as you have access to the internet (who doesn't nowadays?!)
There are several benefits of working online, here are some of the top reasons we hear from event managers who switch from installed software to going online:
Increased team collaboration because they all can login to work on their respective projects or tasks at the same time, from anywhere in the world. And, because so many systems are online, event software can now integrate with other online business systems (such as Salesforce, SagePay, Aggresso, PayPal, etc.) to increase the collaboration and effectiveness of different organisational departments.
Not only can users login online to work and access live data, software can be updated with new features and enhancements in an instant to ensure it is as innovative, helpful and secure as possible. This can be done with no disruption in the way you work or your attendees access your event. And, if you travel to events, you don't need to remember your laptop - as long as you can access the internet, your data is stored.
Because there is no need for physical hardware or servers (ie. space), no time required to implement and integrate software within entire companies and rarely a need for an IT person to get involved, working on the cloud is a much more cost-effective, and scalable, business solution.
And, your data is always safe. So, you don't need to worry about crashing laptops, calling your IT guy at midnight, a tragic fire breaking destroying your computer, a hacker accessing your corporate network, or an intern potentially deleting valuable data. Because online software is, well, online, it is backed up in multiple places and goes through rigorous security testing.
Finally, the processes involved with working online aren't actually any different than working with installed software, except that it is a more reliable means to successfully managing events.
Have you gone to working on the cloud yet? We completely believe in working online and love spreading the gospel of software as a service for events. If you'd like to learn more about how working on the cloud can benefit your events management and increase value to your entire organisation, let's have a chat.
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