As the physical and virtual workplaces change and impact the landscape of how we conduct business, cloud computing continues to be a determining factor in building business strategies focused on productivity and efficacy. Small and large companies are hopping on the cloud bandwagon and are raving about the positive impacts this technology has on their business objectives.
If you’re considering deploying this technology, there are a few considerations you must identify prior to choosing and adopting a cloud strategy. You must review some of the reasons why a cloud strategy could be good for your company and how it will provide benefit. Identifying and ranking priorities will help you understand which customized cloud solution will bring the most benefit. If done correctly, this technology could give your company just the edge it needs.
Some of the most important aspects of using cloud computing include:
Collaboration. If your company is global or intends on going global, the cloud helps foster cross-border collaboration, allowing multiple people to work on projects together in real-time. This is also true all the way down to a local level where team members might simply be in different locations. Collaboration efforts can include editing documents or presentations simultaneously, working on website coding, or any other activity that can benefit from the efforts of more than one person working together in real-time.
Interactivity. As companies follow the trend of hiring independent contractors and freelancers to fill a variety of roles due to skill-based and bottomline needs and implications, this has caused communication issues and barriers to learning how to interact as a team and form cohesion. Working within the cloud allows independent contractors/freelancers and full-time staff the ability to view projects and milestones in one specific space, and communicate directly to ensure all parts of a project are moving smoothly. This type of interactivity can be a great solution to bringing together these hybrid teams.
Mobility. Let’s face it, we are all on the move today and enjoy the flexibility. It is no longer necessary to be behind a desktop computer and logged into a company Intranet to access files and be productive. The cloud, coupled with a mobility strategy, allows for the management of project flows from anywhere on any device (including smartphones and tablets). This type of flexibility can improve and increase productivity, and also contribute to an employee satisfaction initiative.
Consolidation. The cloud can also serve as a great consolidation solution to help save time, space and cost. The cloud could eliminate some of the internal hardware needed to store and transmit files and house and manage internal servers.
Eliminating constricting factors. Overall the cloud can help alleviate some issues of time, space and place, which in turn, do not contribute as greatly to limiting the functions and performance of a business.
The bottomline is that a customized and strategically planned cloud solution can do a lot for business productivity by providing a suite of options and functionality that was once restricted by hardware, cords, and connections. Reviewing the positives and prioritizing will help your company plan an effective strategy and adoption process.