Proformative, an online community and resource for senior level corporate finance, accounting, treasury and related professionals has posted its top five benefits of cloud computing and is currently seeking feedback from its constituency with its second annual Cloud Computing Survey, that is coupled with a giveaway.

Data collected from this survey will be released to Proformative’s online peer network of more than 600,000 corporate finance and business professionals. From December 4, 2012 through January 11, 2013 every participant who completes the survey will be entered in a drawing for a $450 Southwest Airlines gift card.

According to Proformative, the top five benefits of cloud computing include:

  1. Anytime, Anywhere Access From Multiple Devices - This means mobile, tablet, desktop, and any other device that has internet access from a company’s headquarters, a home office, or any coffee shop, airport and hotspot worldwide.
  2. Creating a Global Workforce - By hosting services and software in the cloud, organizations gain access to a global workforce which means access to services and talent is no longer restricted by geography.
  3. More Flexible Work Environment - Cloud services and software allow you to make changes in personnel and technology much more quickly and efficiently to fit the needs of your business in real-time.
  4. Cloud Computing Is Green - Many companies agree that adopting cloud services and software has helped to reduce their footprint and waste by allowing consolidated and efficient cloud providers to thrive.
  5. Cost Savings - Cloud computing services allow organizations to only pay for resources as they use them, without needing to build redundant infrastructure or hiring IT staff to maintain under-utilized systems, creating significant cost savings.

“One important consideration when taking financial or accounting based systems into the cloud is security and backup. Since this information is very sensitive and valuable to the organization, make sure that you are using well-vetted and established cloud providers,” said Proformative chief executive John Kogan. “Most online accounting software has backup and disaster recovery functionality built into the system, with degrees of redundancy and layers of security that are non-replicable by most companies trying to do it themselves.”
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