Upgrade from Small Business to Enterprise-Class IT on Azure

It can be a challenge to forecast when a small business will outgrow their current information technology or platform. Many businesses have complex needs which require enterprise approaches and don’t fit squarely into the SMB box.  Yet every business might need to consider upgrading their technology or platform when they experience certain signs or reach specific milestones that indicate their existing technology infrastructure and tools are no longer meeting their needs. The business’s growth trajectory, operational needs, industry requirements, and budget considerations will all play heavily in the decision to upgrade to Azure platform and enterprise-class information technology.

As a business expands and diversifies its operations, it will require more complex IT solutions to handle various processes, departments, and locations. Expansion generally comes with added complexity in operations, processes, and data management, so growing businesses need platforms with advanced features and integrations that can handle the increased complexity.

When a small business experiences significant growth in terms of customers, employees, or revenue, the existing technology might struggle to keep up with the increased demand. When the current technology causes performance bottlenecks, slow response times, or downtime that impacts business operations and customer experience, it’s a sign that the business might need more robust and scalable software or platforms. Virtualized platforms (Noobeh prefers Microsoft Azure) can provide the scalability and resources needed to accommodate growth and can provide the necessary security features and tools to meet compliance requirements.

If business operations are mission-critical and any downtime would result in substantial losses, upgrading to the Azure platform and implementing the available redundancy and high availability features can ensure business continuity.

If the business is expanding its operations to multiple locations or serving a global customer base, it might need technology solutions that can support distributed teams, communication, and data access from various locations. By its nature, the Azure platform is cloud and not tied to a location, enabling users to collaborate, communicate and work from virtually anywhere.

If the business needs to analyze large volumes of data for strategic decision-making, Azure’s enterprise-level platform supports advanced analytics and reporting. Microsoft Azure database as a service, Power BI and other solutions provide businesses with the robust and powerful tools they need to develop the data warehouses and reporting systems that create a competitive advantage.

It is important to carefully assess the business’s current state, future goals, budget constraints, and technology requirements before deciding to upgrade technology. There may be several suitable upgrade paths that could be followed, the best path for the business is the one that allows for future change. While moving to a cloud platform might come with upfront costs, a more agile and capable system can offer long-term cost efficiency by reducing the need for frequent technology upgrades while providing the affordable scalability the business needs.

Connecting with Noobeh’s cloud services team is the best next step for small businesses looking to improve their IT platforms and operations.

Migrating beyond local networks and servers, Noobeh helps businesses upgrade to affordable enterprise-class infrastructure, applications and services which support expanding and changing operations.

Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann

Focus is on Digital business transformation for small/medium businesses. As the principal consultant for Cooper Mann Company and Noobeh's Director of Cloud Services, Joanie Mann provides support and guidance for businesses seeking to implement cloud solutions and hosted services in their IT environments and consults with solution providers to develop or expand application hosting and application delivery service offerings. Joanie is the Director of Delivery for Noobeh Cloud Services (a division of Mendelson Consulting), and is on the board of advisors of ACE Cloud Hosting & MyRealData.com

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