The internet and computers have revolutionized almost every aspect of everyday life – everything from how we shop to how we communicate and work. In today’s digital age, almost without exception, the companies that are thriving are those that have embraced the digital revolution and put tech front and center of their operations.
A workforce powered by faster connections and more powerful devices
With the recent advances in both our devices and the speeds at which they can connect (due to vastly quicker mobile 5G and fixed fiber lines), the idea of the truly mobile workforce is finally becoming a reality. Long gone are the days when workers were forced to assemble under the same roof, tethered to the same ethernet connection. Instead, nowadays, the concept of remote workers spread in diverse locations powered by cloud computing services have become the norm.
Also, rather than making (often) considerable investments in an IT department, outsourcing your networking requirements to a cloud company would allow you to employ just one IT manager, suitably trained on a cloud enablement program to get the best from your service.
The recent emergence of the coronavirus taught us many lessons – not least of which was, our near-total reliance upon technology. As employees the world over were forced to stay home through the isolation and distancing measures deemed necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19, workers turned to their desktops, laptops and smart devices to keep doing their jobs.
How the cloud enables remote working
Using cloud-based computing, employees can tap into a virtual office space and work collaboratively on files. In truth, there’s nothing particularly new about the idea of server-based tech – it’s how the internet first started with documents held remotely, served to computers over dial-up connections. However, cloud tech pushes that idea to a completely different level.
By integrating your firm’s digital services with the cloud, you’ll be able to pull on the vast resources of remote machines from even the lowest-powered handheld. Cloud services enable employees to work from any location they can find an internet connection – which, given almost everyone these days has a smartphone, means more or less anywhere.
Perhaps more importantly, however, cloud services and project management software enable real-time updates, collaborative working, video conferencing and messaging. In the days and years to come, it’s quite likely we’ll look back at COVID-19 as being the crowning moment when the typical workday and 9-5 was turned entirely on its head.
Reasons to move your firm’s digital services to the cloud
Aside from the convenience of having a truly mobile workforce, cloud-based computing services offer multiple advantages to both employees and employers, including:
The latest, fastest hardware: It’s in a cloud provider’s interest to ensure they’re running the latest and fastest hardware as this gives them a competitive edge over their competitors.
Efficiency: Operating in the cloud removes the burden of IT cover and maintenance from your firm and puts it in the hands of your provider
Security: Cybercrime is the single greatest threat that faces companies in today’s modern connected world. Rather than shouldering your IT’s security provision yourself, wouldn’t it be better to put it in the hands of trained experts?
Cost savings: IT hardware, software and maintenance don’t come cheap. By handing over your digital requirements to a specialist provider, you’ll be able to benefit from significant cost savings.