8 Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

8 Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

With the cloud, end-users and your teams are able to access software and applications from wherever they are, using the device of their choice. They can work from anywhere.

If your business has yet to tap into the power of the cloud, these eight benefits of cloud computing should change your mind.

Reduce Expenditures, Increase Efficiencies

Migrating to the cloud reduces – and in many cases – eliminates the need for your business to purchase equipment and operate out of a data center. Now, you are seeing significant savings on hardware, facilities, utilities, and other expenses required from traditional computing. You will also reduce the need for on-site servers and expensive software, trimming your IT budget further.

Flexibility

The cloud gives you and your employees the flexibility to work from any location. Employees can complete their tasks at home or from the field. This is particularly valuable in an era when employees desire flexibility in their schedules and work environment. You can also reduce the number of workstations in your office and allow some employees to work from home, further saving costs.

Increase Collaboration

Cloud-based workflow and file-sharing applications give your teams the ability to work together more easily and efficiently. Employees can make real-time updates, see what other team members are doing and communicate effectively. This level of collaboration speeds up projects and improves customer service.

Disaster Recovery

Hosting systems and storing documents on the cloud provides a safeguard in case of a disaster. Man-made and natural disasters can damage equipment, shut off power and paralyze critical IT functions. Supporting disaster recovery efforts is one of the important advantages companies attain when they move to the cloud.

Data Security

It’s just a fact that storing data on the cloud is safer than storing it on physical servers and in data centers. Think of it this way, a breach of security on your premises can lead to compromised data security if laptops or computers are lost or stolen. However, if you have data on the cloud, you can immediately delete any confidential information remotely or move it elsewhere. It’s also a fact that breaching security protocols on cloud platforms is difficult.

Document Control

The more your employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for tight document control. Prior to the cloud, you and your employees sent files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. More often than not, that ended as a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles. However, when you move your business tasks to the cloud, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees the one up-to-date, true version of the file or document.

Automatic Software Updates

With your servers off-site and in the cloud, your hosts take care of them for you by taking charge of regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. That leaves you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.

Compliance Needs

If your industry, for instance, is healthcare or financial services, ensuring data compliance is essential for your business. Moving operations to the cloud ensures that your business is using cloud-based tools and services that are already compliant, helping to remove some of the burdens of compliance from your IT team.

No doubt there are many more benefits of moving to the cloud that are not listed here, but these are some of the big ones.

Ad Victoriam has helped bring big changes to businesses all across the country. Contact us today to learn how we can help your business migrate to the cloud with little-to-no impact on daily operations, but a serious boost to your bottom line.

 

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Highlights – June 2019

Marketing Cloud June 2019 Release Highlights

Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud can benefit businesses of all shapes and sizes if correctly implemented into your organization. This innovative marketing automation platform can help your business expand its customer base by providing a toolbox of creative features to assist in, including:

  • Attracting Prospective Customer
  • Nurturing
  • Building Custom Email Campaigns
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Predictive Analytics

Notable June 2019 Salesforce Marketing Cloud Releases

As amazing as Marketing Cloud already is, Salesforce has scheduled the release of a dozen new highlights for June 2019. Among the most exciting highlights are:

The Full Monte

As previously mentioned, Salesforce has a total of a dozen exciting new Marketing Cloud Release Notes for June 2019. Get the complete list below.

  • Marketing Cloud Trailhead
    Check out the Marketing Cloud Trailhead for a hands-on learning experience. Trailhead is the go-to spot for all the things you want to learn about Salesforce. There is something for everyone – whether you’re a Salesforce admin or a developer, you can discover great features, new and old.

Here at Ad Victoriam Solutions, our reputation as a top-rated Platinum Certified Salesforce Consulting Partner has spread well-beyond our headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The secret to our success? For starters, our extensive experience with the Marketing Cloud. If you are interested in learning more about any of these new Release Notes for June 2019 and how they can benefit your company, contact us now.

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Data Mining to Predict Marketing Success

Sales Data to Cloud Post

You are a lot of different things. You may be a college graduate. You may be a parent. You may be single or married. You may own a home or rent an apartment.

There are countless pieces of information that make up YOU—the list is long. And, in the data world, those descriptors are points on a graph or information in a spreadsheet.

As a marketer or other business professional, you count on data— insights into personalities—to predict marketing success and help your business grow. Your job is to pull useful data and make predictions about what you should be doing with your products, services, marketing and more. What does that effort look like? This graphic explains it.

Here’s What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

When data mining and predictive analytics are done well, your company can understand the past, properly gauge what’s happening now, and successfully predict how consumers will respond to marketing and sales efforts in the future. Don’t wait to get your data working for you, speak to a marketing data expert today. 

Salesforce Service Cloud Enriches Experiences

Hi Rez Logo Salesforce Service Cloud

When Hi-Rez Studios, one of the fastest-growing video game developers in the country, came to Ad Victoriam Solutions, it had two main goals: to improve its customer service experience for current players and to boost its marketing efforts to increase long-term player engagement. Both objectives were ambitious, as Hi-Rez boasts more than 40 million players between its two flagship online games. The company not only needed to have fast access to an array of player-based information, but it also needed data analytics and wanted to use that data effectively.

"The challenge was finding a solution that would scale to their level and allow Hi-Rez to have diverse contact management and marketing capabilities," says James Rogers, Principal at Ad Victoriam. "The team quickly identified Salesforce Service Cloud and the Salesforce Marketing Cloud as the ideal solutions for Hi-Rez. The key was to approach Hi-Rez Studios’ requirements in two stages, first customer service, then marketing."

Salesforce Service Cloud
For customer service, Hi-Rez needed to provide customers with a way to submit tickets regarding billing, technical and game play issues; it also had to have a single system for processing that information so cases could be resolved quickly. Hi-Rez already had a portal in place through which customers could fill out an online form to start cases, but it lacked a streamlined way to work with that information efficiently. The Ad Victoriam Salesforce consulting team decided that Salesforce’s Email-to-Case solution was the perfect option because it could integrate easily with Hi-Rez Studio’s existing user portal. Ad Victoriam partnered with Hi-Rez to build out the integration of the portal with the Salesforce Service Cloud, and now the two systems work together. “When a customer submits a case, it is captured and pushed into Salesforce,” the Ad Victoriam Salesforce Consultant explains. From there, customer service reps can communicate with players to get issues resolved in a timely manner. What’s more, Salesforce can help Hi-Rez make sure that the system is not creating duplicate users from one person who plays both of the company’s main games; each player remains as a single contact regardless of which games in which they participate.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud
The same customer-centric thinking was applied when Ad Victoriam built out the Salesforce Marketing Cloud to enhance Hi-Rez Studio’s marketing efforts. In the past, Hi-Rez used Oracle’s RightNow service for its marketing initiatives. However, it was expensive and difficult to use, and Hi-Rez needed another option that would fit its specific needs. “The nature of gaming is that people will play for a bit and then never play again. They need an incentive to play more often and play up to higher levels of a game,” James notes. He added, “Hi-Rez wanted to be more interactive and engaged throughout the marketing process. So, within the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform, we wanted to do a couple of things. The client wanted to teach their players on an ongoing basis by providing sessions about how to do everything from store the images they create to how to create journeys within the games. They also wanted to be able to send follow up emails to contacts about new features, discount codes and more.”

One of the biggest challenges was ensuring that players who enjoy both Smite and Paladin are not inundated with e-mails from the company, making the ability to look at each player as a single contact that much more important. On the flip side, if players only play one of Hi-Rez’s games, they need to be segmented out and receive communication about their preferred game alone. The customizable nature of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud lent itself to this requirement beautifully. And now that Hi-Rez has seen Salesforce’s—and Ad Victoriam’s—capabilities, the work to improve its processes continues.

Game On
“Hi-Rez now has game play information at their fingertips that is critical for their customer service and marketing strategies. And once we got going, the client realized all of the different things they could do, so we are working with them to prioritize their new needs and functional requirements,” James says. “We are now in phase two and helping them to continue refining their abilities.”

“One of the best parts of this project has been the ability to work with multiple platforms and integrate everything into a single solution,” James concludes. “For both customer service and marketing, data is now flowing through a single platform. We’ve implemented a system that works seamlessly for the client.”

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