Of the many benefits of shifting business operations over to the cloud, increased productivity is one of the greatest, but it’s also among the hardest to quantify. Despite that, however, there are some undeniable productivity-related benefits of moving your computing workloads off-site. Here are some of them:
#1. Workforce mobility
If your employees are still spending every day from nine till five in front of an office desk, then it’s probably time to change your workplace culture. Ubiquitous internet connectivity and cloud computing have largely rendered that style of work obsolete. With the right technology, there’s nothing stopping your employees from working at home or elsewhere or getting a head start on the day’s work during the morning commute.
Migrating to the cloud means hosting your apps and data online, thus creating a virtual office that travels with your employees no matter where they are. This also means you can access talent all over the world, even to the point of becoming a location-independent business.
#2. Online collaboration
Many businesses depend heavily on the ability of their employees to function as an effective team, which is why so many companies invest heavily in team-building events and exercises. One of the common fears leaders have about migrating to the cloud and allowing employees to work from home is that teamwork will suffer and collaboration will end up taking a backseat. With web-based software, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Google Docs and Office 365 are just two examples of web-based software that let employees work on the same projects simultaneously through the internet. With networks like Slack and video conferencing solutions like Skype, there’s practically no limit to online collaboration.
#3. Simple IT support
Aging and inefficient computing systems are the bane of employee productivity, and nothing gets in the way of morale and efficiency faster than being confronted with a constant stream of blue-screen error messages and software installation errors. Sometimes, employees might be tempted to find workarounds themselves so they can get back to work, even if they’re not best equipped to do so.
With cloud computing, you can do away with your reliance on complicated in-house hardware and local software installations. There’s no need to worry about installing software updates or patches since web-based software is proactively maintained by the service provider.
#4. Improved computing performance
According to Moore’s law, computers get twice as fast every two years, which means outdated hardware is one of the biggest enemies of office productivity. Unfortunately, regular upgrades don’t come cheap, especially when they have to be overseen by a professional. When you’re faced with the constant burden of costly repairs, upgrades, and routine maintenance, it’s easy to recognize the benefits of reducing your dependence on hardware.
Cloud computing workloads take place in an off-site data center like those belonging to Google or Amazon. These major vendors have a practically unlimited range of computing resources that you can access on demand, so you always have the processing power, storage, and memory, and features, you need.
#5. Increased service availability
As businesses become more reliant on technology, the cost of downtime continues to increase dramatically. While scheduled downtime for things like routine maintenance and upgrades can be taken care of during periods of decreased demand, the bigger threat stems from unplanned outages. These might be caused by unexpected hardware failures, human error, or malicious software to name a few.
Cloud-based services rarely go offline, and vendors are obligated by the terms of their service level agreements (SLAs) to provide a certain minimum level of service. While some scheduled downtime might still be a factor, automated backups and rollovers should completely eliminate any unexpected outages.
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