Benefits of a cloud-enabled remote workforce

Network Middle East, in association with Microsoft, lists how cloud is enabling businesses to streamline communications, reduce downtime and facilitate collaboration

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Digitalisation has taken over most aspects of our personal and professional lives. Year after year, technology continues to evolve to offer new ways of enhancing daily processes. In the workplace, such advancements and innovations are usually directed towards one goal – improving employee productivity and experience. Consequently, new styles of work have emerged in recent years, whether it be working remotely, taking advantage of flexible work hours or partaking in freelance work.

Cloud adoption has accelerated in the last decade, primarily due to the digitalisation of the business world. It has redefined the way businesses operate by decreasing hardware use and IT maintenance costs. 

Organisations are using the cloud to help drive revenue while reducing costs and time to market. Combined with the growing trend of a digital working environment, cloud computing has facilitated digital collaboration, engagement and innovation.

Given the direction in which the industry is moving with regards to digital transformation, there has never been a better time to invest in cloud; and here's how cloud is driving this momentum.

Collaboration and accessibility

Smart solutions for better communication, online meetings, real-time collaboration, file sharing and document management have been well-received by globally distributed teams. The reason is simple – organisations and individuals both gravitate towards tools that make daily tasks simpler.

The flexibility to work remotely allows users to manage daily tasks without the restrictions of physical boundaries. Employees today expect to be connected, and cloud makes it possible to work from anywhere, any device, at any hour during the day.

By selecting the right business productivity suite, organisations can take advantage of integrated cloud-based productivity apps that make it easier to create, communicate and collaborate. It also allows the distributed teams to access their workplace software on any device and save it online, making it easy to create and share from anywhere.

Ease of management

Reliable cellular connectivity has supported remote work adoption and in turn, led to the generation of vast amounts of data. As data becomes more complex, organisations can leverage the cloud to collect, store and analyse this data. It enables IT teams to manage users, provision devices, view analytics, and configure security and compliance policies, regardless of where they are situated.

With a cloud collaboration solution, all documents and conversations are in a single, easy-to-access location, making it easy to track conversations and files. These solutions are also backed by the technical expertise of developers and IT professionals from cloud providers. 

Cost-saving

Due to advances in technology, changes in hardware and software are expected frequently. One of the benefits of introducing business productivity apps into daily work processes is the reduction in costs. Using cloud-based applications, professionals can easily collaborate on important documents, whether they are working remotely or in the office. Businesses can enhance workflow efficiencies by adopting collaborative tools established by cloud technologies.

Security

Using collaboration solutions means that audio and video streams need to be shared both inside and outside of the firewall. Since remote work has expanded the network parameters beyond physical boundaries, concerns around corporate network security have sprung to the forefront. Attackers have taken notice of the rapid adoption of cloud services and are always trying to find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities.

Data security, privacy and encryption are some of the main concerns when enabling remote access to corporate assets. This further means that communications between collaboration hardware and the cloud need to be secure.

While organisations are not willing to compromise on security when making cost-saving decisions, they do not want to expend any unnecessary resources in securing the perimeter-less network. Therefore, security must be an integral part of all collaboration tools.

Most cloud providers understand these challenges, which is why secure collaboration is an integral part of platform and application development.

Scalability and flexibility

Cloud is scalable, which means businesses can alter their IT deployments to suit existing needs and adjust resources and functionalities to enhance efficiency.

Cloud providers offer a myriad of business applications in their cloud suites that help optimise resources and overall performance. The ability to integrate with shared services allows users to switch between editing documents, shared dashboards and planners, and group chat, video and voice calls.

Another significant benefit of using cloud team collaboration solutions is their ability to connect with other applications and workflows seamlessly through secure remote access.

As business technologies continue to grow, cloud implementation will gain momentum as a vital component for business success. It provides today’s organisations with an array of benefits and is sure to be a valuable investment for future business success.

The benefits of cloud collaboration are endless, which is why many organisations are already using cloud-based solutions. From increasing data security to enabling mobile access and cutting costs, the advantages of embracing cloud-based technologies are numerous. By enabling businesses to streamline communications, reduce downtime and facilitate collaboration, cloud can impact productivity in several ways.

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