If you are a business owner or executive facing an increasingly competitive economy, there are a lot of things you would probably love about cloud computing, especially that it’s a way to do more with your software and applications while spending a lot less.

But, for all the benefits of cloud systems (like increased security, real-time collaboration, and lower monthly subscription costs of software), there is a huge benefit that is often underrated… or overlooked altogether: Cloud computing is completely scalable.

What does that mean to you? It means that you don’t have to decide what’s right for your business before you have all the facts, and that your configuration capabilities can change at any time. As you have probably already realized, that’ not something that’s possible with traditional server-and-desktop systems, since you simply have to buy the equipment and software and then see what you can do with it. If things don’t work out, then you’ve already made a big investment, and there isn’t any way to get it back.

With cloud computing, you are free to figure out where the future of your company is taking you and to expand or contract your technology appropriately. For growing businesses in an uncertain economy, that’s a bigger benefit than a lot of business owners and executives first realize.