The nine to five grind can be difficult for everyone – waking up early, getting stuck in traffic, and then going home too exhausted to do anything else. Cloud technology is about to change everything. Although it’s still relatively new, cloud computing is quickly integrating itself into the workplace to create a new, modern work environment.
Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data. This process eliminates local servers and allows employees to have access to data regardless of what device he or she is actually using. This triggered a new trend—bring your own device (BYOD)—where companies are allowing employees to use personal devices for work.
Converting to the cloud directly impacts the IT team, but it also brings changes to the whole office. Companies are now able to decrease office space and optimize the perks that come with this technological shift. Here are some of the changes with cloud technology that come together to create a new dynamic in the work atmosphere.
Be Anywhere and Everywhere
BYOD defines a contemporary work environment. With employees bringing their own devices, there is no need for employees to be in a designated work area every single day. Segregated cubicles are no longer necessary because you can work anywhere as long as you have your laptop and access to the Internet.
The office is basically wherever you want it to be. Telecommuters are able to work around their schedules instead of having to be in the office on a rigid work schedule. The office comes to you because you have access to the cloud wherever you are.
Before the cloud, computer system crashes left a company devastated, especially if essential data was lost. Cloud computing is not only safe, it’s more efficient than ever. Computer crashes do not directly impact the company’s data because everything is saved in the cloud. This minimizes the chances for company information to vanish due to a small computer glitch. If information is lost, it can usually be recovered quickly.
Computer system issues won’t put the company at a standstill. Since employees are simply accessing the cloud, any individual device issues are resolved without impacting anyone else. There is also no need to physically scan, attach, and email papers because company documents are managed and shared through the cloud. You can avoid dealing with paper jams or fixing the faulty scanner. Centralized data streamlines distribution and circulation of information.
Be Immersed in the Company
Employees used to walk into the office, put on their headphones, and start working. The office space was defined, for a very long time, as a place for individuals to get their work done on their own – but not anymore. Now, the office is utilized more as a hub for people to physically come together to interact with each other or bounce ideas off one another.
The idea of “hoteling” is developing, as employees are able to reserve desk space when they need it. The office varies as a space for employee collaboration, company meetings, or meeting with clients. These different interactions within the office yield a different company vibe.
Be Connected with the Right People
Hiring the right employees for a company is already difficult. After finding the perfect candidate, companies would still have to verify that their working schedule fits. Cloud technology actually gives companies the freedom to hire those who cannot come into the office everyday. To bring things a step further, you can hire someone halfway across the globe if he or she is exactly what you need.
There are virtually no limitations to who you can reach, even if a great opportunity is physically far away. Traveling and business trips are also hassle free. If you need to access an urgent file, it will be there when you log into the cloud.
The one goal every company has in common is to save money. Companies that spend large amounts of money on rent, company facilities, and real estate can now reduce that cost. In the United States, the amount of time people actually spend at their desks is only 47 percent.
Eliminating the idea of one cubicle per person, the workspace becomes open to so many possibilities. Rooms that used to be specialized for computers can be removed and even more space is available without the in-house server farms.
Cloud technology has brought a new image to the workplace and altered how businessmen and women see themselves in this modern work atmosphere.
Cloud computing has forever changed how a company functions from top to bottom. It establishes stability for employees and business owners can now shift their attention to innovation and growth for their company.