Supporting Your Mobile Workers With The Cloud
People are less tied to their office desks than they used to be these days, but how can businesses go about supporting their mobile workers, allowing them to work remotely without impacting the productivity of the company or the security of its data?
In a traditional environment, a company's files and documents would be stored on a file server and if the need to share a file or collaborate with a colleague or client arose, the file would likely be emailed, clogging up the company mail server and creating multiple copies of the same file. If the file was too large for email, it'd either have to be transferred on media or uploaded to an FTP server.
If an employee working remotely needed access to a file, they'd likely have to connect via VPN, assuming this facility was available. Due to the changing workplace landscape, this IT provision is no longer fit for purpose as employees require fast efficient access to files wherever they are, as well as the ability to share and collaborate on them with ease. This is where cloud file sharing comes in.
The modern workplace no longer consists of a single office site or even multiple office sites as employees are becoming more mobile, dividing time between multiple office locations, their homes and public places such as cafes and libraries. In addition, flexible working is one of the best ways that companies can go about attracting and retaining the top talent in their field and with a growing percentage of the UK's workforce turning parts of their homes into offices, it would seem that people are evermore keen to work from more than one base.
According to Gocompare.com's latest study, 44 per cent of people have changed a room in their house into something other than what it was originally intended to be, with 32 per cent of those opting for a home office.
Businesses that offer their members of staff versatility and flexibility with regards to their working options will likely see productivity increase and staff engagement blossom. So how can the cloud help with all this?
Quite simply, the cloud is a term used to describe on-demand services delivered via the internet that often allow people to access applications and data wherever they are and at any time.
The benefits of moving operations to the cloud are vast – businesses can make huge efficiency gains, increase their flexibility, improve cash flow and take advantage of access to a variety of different services that could well be out of reach for some smaller companies otherwise.