The world of cloud computing is taking over most industries at a steady rate. The funeral business is no exception, most funeral directors would already embrace it in one form or another. Statistically, 33% of all Australian funeral homes use software based on the cloud approach and a large number are investigating the benefits actively. These are some of the obvious advantages that come with a cloud application and they do apply also to Spirare:

1. Flexibility

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is built into the service.

2. Disaster recovery

Funeral homes of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller operations that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Spirare deploys a very robust approach towards recovery with daily automated backups procedures and full mirroring of data across multiple server locations, thus ensuring that most foreseeable loss is prevented and access is restored in a timely manner.

3. Automatic software updates

The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. We take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.

4. Capital-Free

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Our pricing model takes that a step further with fees applying only when a case is generated therefor making the management, archiving of your existing and historical data virtually free.

5. Increased collaboration

When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing enable funeral directors to efficiently build real-time collaboration with staff members, family members and suppliers.

6. Work from anywhere

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection you can be at work. And with our option to use a tablet you can take your work anywhere and stay on top of your business needs.

7. Security

Lost laptops are a billion dollar business problem. And potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens.

8. Competitiveness

Wish there was a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors.

9. Environmentally friendly

While the above points spell out the benefits of cloud computing for your business, moving to the cloud isn’t an entirely selfish act. The environment gets a little love too.