Using the cloud as an SME technology tool

Discovering smart tools to speed up communications and document handling can be a quick win for SMEs.


Discovering smart tools to speed up communications and document handling can be a quick win for SMEs.

The ability for a small or medium-sized business (SME) to access a flexible, efficient and cost-effective set of technology products can help them grow at a faster rate than normal.

With an increasing number not having a fixed working space, cloud-enabled products allow them to create a mobile office where quick and easy access to important documents, information and resources is possible.

To keep costs down, SMEs must also be able to transfer files to clients and colleagues without the need to invest in complex network and hosting services.

Product packages such as Brother Office provide SMEs with tools such as desktop scanners. By using the cloud as a location to share and store files, Brother’s desktop scanner can quickly move files from desktops to laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Lightweight portable scanners can scan photos, business cards, invoices, statements, receipts and contracts – with devices taking up minimal space whether in a briefcase or on desktop.

Cloud facilities allow SMEs to work smarter and more efficiently – a necessity given reduced staff count and resources. It also provides a more secure way of backing up important documents as a businesses digital archive grows with it.

Hunter Ruthven

Bernard Williamson

Hunter was the Editor for GrowthBusiness.co.uk from 2012 to 2014, before moving on to Caspian Media Ltd to be Editor of Real Business.

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