Improving the Remote Working Experience Through Cloud Computing
If you could make your employees happier and more productive, make your business more agile and broaden your potential talent network, wouldn’t you?
This is why so many companies are choosing to make cloud computing a significant part of their business model. In fact, creating an infrastructure that supports cloud computing now makes up more than a third of I.T. spending across the globe.
Why is this? Cloud computing allows you to work and access your business operations remotely, which has been shown to have multiple benefits in today’s digital-first world. Here’s how it can benefit your company:
How Does Cloud Computing Work?
Once you’ve moved your operations to the cloud, you can securely access your data and applications from any number of devices, anywhere, anytime. That’s because your data will be hosted and maintained on remote servers, which are accessed through the internet. You and your team can work anywhere across the globe, provided you have a smart device, an internet connection, and the credentials to access your company servers.
This also means you access your information on a pay-as-you-go basis from a cloud services provider, instead of absorbing the high costs and technical complexities of installing and dealing with a burdensome I.T. infrastructure. Paying only for what you use makes it easier for businesses to scale up or move into different markets.
Increased Employee Flexibility
Allowing your team to work remotely in a secure, productive manner is one of the primary perks of cloud computing. If you’re wondering why so many companies are exploring the idea of flex schedules and remote working, it’s because these kinds of schedules have actually been proven to increase employee productivity and satisfaction. A recent study by market research firm Vanson Bourne found that companies who made the decision to move to the cloud saw an 18.80% average increase in process efficiency.
Let’s face it: advances in technology already help us streamline so much of our life, from booking flights to curating our news feeds and communicating with loved ones. It only makes sense that it can also streamline where and how we work.
With cloud computing, you and your team members are free to handle work tasks from anywhere imaginable, as long as you have an internet connection. Not only does this enhance work/life balance, but it allows everyone to handle emergencies much more seamlessly, should they arise. If your business is only functional when your employees can work from a specific location, you’re missing out on a chance to increase your company’s agility. Do you really want to cut a vacation short because of an operational crisis at work? When your information is accessible through the cloud, you don’t have to.
With cloud computing, your team can also collaborate much more efficiently, even if they’re not in the same location. Multiple people will be able to access or edit documents in real time, and the corresponding data is stored in a central location. This means the document your executives are viewing in the head office will be the same version of the document you are viewing from a hotel suite, or that your colleague is viewing from home on bed rest. For this reason, cloud computing encourages your workflow to be more seamless and collaborative.
Making Your Business Truly Global
Another benefit of moving your business operations to the cloud is flexibility in building your team. No longer are you restricted to hiring talent who lives locally, but you are free to work with specialists who practice literally anywhere in the world. By harnessing the power of the internet, you can give remote professionals access to your office resources without risking security or having to absorb the costs of paying for relocation costs.
Cloud computing also frees you up to visit clients in other locations or attend business events all over the world. All you need is your laptop, and you’re ready to deliver your sales pitch, without having to worry about whether you have the right files or equipment on you.
Additionally, since you’re paying only for the resources you use, instead of shelling out upfront to install in-house equipment, many companies find cloud computing makes it far easier for their businesses to test out different models or projects without having to make a financial commitment. If the project seems viable, it’s easy to scale up or reach out to new markets.
Something many businesses are skeptical about is remote security. But cloud servers are protected by some of the highest security measures available, including cloud encryption that protects your data should it come to be at risk. You can easily control which devices have access to your information and who can access it.
When you enroll with a cloud computing provider, you automatically benefit from a backup and recovery plan, since all your data can be accessed from different locations.
There’s also the lack of risk to your physical I.T. equipment, which is a consideration with in-house systems and programs. Theft or disaster are never things a company wants to deal with, but since cloud computing lets all your data be stored safely in the cloud, physical damages are far less likely to be a concern.
Cloud computing is more than just a tech-savvy business trend. It’s a way of freeing up your team to work remotely, securely and efficiently, which can have extremely positive results. Making your business operations more accessible also gives you the flexibility to work with specialists all over the world, meet with clients both locally and globally, and to collaborate seamlessly with your team, whatever the circumstances. And with a significant reduction in cost compared to having a cumbersome in-house I.T. system, it’s no wonder that cloud computing now accounts for a third of I.T. spending worldwide.
To discuss how we can help your business move to the cloud, contact us now at 844-44-JMARK or JMARKIT@JMARK.com