It’s one thing to access your email while traveling. It’s quite another to access your files. Those large files can be difficult to upload or download from the road, where access to bandwidth can slow Internet service to a crawl. Cloud data storage helps to provide access, but without the ability to work in the cloud, you may still end up slogging through the bandwidth bog. That’s where Software as a Service (SaaS) can be very handy.
This may seem more individualized than collaborative, but wait… these same services and their benefits can apply to teams working together. There are a number of examples of applications that have blazed the collaboration e-trail already. Microsoft® Office 365, for example, provides cloud access to Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.), web conferencing, document storage, and shared calendars and email that can be accessed from anywhere with Internet service.
“The only way to have 100% computer security
is to have zero computers”
– MacAfee, Andrew. What every CEO needs to know about the cloud.
Harvard Business Review, November 2011.
One of the biggest benefits to cloud computing is that someone else is maintaining the software and the hardware on which it runs. Some believe losing that control compromises reliability. That can be true, but doesn’t have to be. Just as with your maintaining your own servers and networks, the key to minimizing downtime is planning for it. The same holds true for security. Minimizing risks is paramount to the service providers’ ultimate success, so you can bet they have considerable resources and top talent working to prevent breaches and interruptions.
Along with reliability, using cloud-based software means your applications are always up-to-date, eliminate expensive corporate upgrades and rollouts.
There is nothing simpler than pulling up another chair to the table. Costs of expansion with SaaS are minimal compared to the capital expense that comes with adding infrastructure.
“A research study by IDG and CIO magazine found that 86% of knowledge workers place a very high level of importance on collaborating with coworkers and external stakeholders, and having access to up-to-date corporate information.”
Think Beyond the Team
Collaboration is defined by “the team.” Making information and communication available beyond the confines of the office enables team members to work together as a group and as independent contributors when they can’t be together physically or virtually.
Cloud-based collaboration takes teamwork a step further by providing access to those outside of the team, providing a learning channel for management, disparate departments and other stakeholders.
All This and More
The benefits to cloud-based collaboration go well beyond these three areas. There is no doubt, however, that more and more companies will be leveraging cloud-based collaboration tools to streamline accessibility and reduce costs overall. This holds true whether you are an SMB or a global enterprise.
If you are interested in learning more about Cloud-based Collaboration tools, call Cory today @ 877-489-8186 or email Cory. We can help you consider the options and plan a strategic approach to implementation for your business.