Are your staff better with their heads in the clouds?

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Organisational IT has changed forever with the increasing accessibility of cloud services and more closely networked communications. Businesses, public and third sector organisations are moving faster towards a future where collaboration and cloud co-working are the norm, rather than an occasional technological novelty. But why are people making the switch, and is it in your business interests to move towards a more networked, cloud-driven communications infrastructure?

Cloud services have become the new norm in companies looking to shore up their communications and protect their data. Cloud Services provider Exponential-e works with organisations of all sizes, driving towards the next generation of the cloud, where Desktop-as-a-service and workplace connectivity are now the new norms. Business are choosing this route because it delivers greater operational efficiency, and makes it easier for colleagues across the organisation to share ideas and contribute to workflows in a centralised way.

Desktop as a Service

Think of ‘software as a service’ or SaaS, and the connotations of this earlier wave of the cloud, which has grown to become one of the most recognisable formats in the software sector. The premise underpinning SaaS is that applications are made accessible to users, regardless of their physical location or hardware – in other words, the software is cloud hosted and accessible from any location at any time, rather than relying on a local install on every individual machine.

These principles can now be applied to broader organisational needs, through what has become known as ‘Desktop as a Service’. By liberating your workforce from internal network restrictions and the need to be on-site, organisations of all sizes can benefit from greater working flexibility, improved efficiencies, and the ability to harness a broader spectrum of expertise – both at home and internationally – to help achieve operational objectives.

From the average office worker’s perspective, DaaS-type solutions allow colleagues to interact more seamlessly, while introducing a fluidity and flexibility that makes it easier to get the job done – whether that’s in the office, or remotely.

Data Management and Security

Staff resources are precious, and the average IT function has its hands full with data management, security, backups and other network administrative tasks. Aside from the efficiencies of allowing staff to log-in from anywhere to gain access to your core business applications, hosting your data and networks within the cloud helps reduce the burden of data management and security, and on an ongoing basis. This means your technical staff are free to pursue other workstreams, while your operational staff can focus on driving the business forward – all free from the ties and inefficiencies of locally installed and managed IT.

The cloud is presenting business and other organisations with a host of new opportunities. Moving beyond Software as a Service, full suites of commercial software can now be made available to internal networks, free from geographic restrictions and limitations. From a data management, security and maintenance perspective, the cloud alleviates much of the burden of traditional IT departments and infrastructure. The net result is a more streamlined organisation technologically, with the ability to benefit from the efficiency and flexibility gains that come with shared, remote networking.

With cost savings from the off, and clear organisational gains already being seen across earlier adopters, isn’t it time your business got it’s head in the clouds?

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