A key pillar of the modern workplace is cloud computing. Cloud computing delivers high-level computing services using a network of remote servers that are hosted online, via ‘the cloud’. It does away with the need for physical infrastructure and is offered through cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure, that charge a usage fee for the service based on subscription.
The cloud is helping bring people together, it gives organisations a platform to promote creativity and collaboration whilst being secure. In this post, we take a look at why cloud computing is gaining so much popularity when compared to traditional solutions, such as all the equipment being on-premise.
Traditional Solutions Challenges
Challenge 1 – Licencing cost
Traditionally when purchasing software licencing you choose a software package necessary for your organisation and pay a large upfront fee. In the modern workplace, there is a much simpler, cheaper and faster way to gain access to this software licencing.
Challenge 2 – Single point of failure
Single point of failure is a risk that can potentially affect a organisations productivity, efficiency, reliability and accessibility. Think of your workplace, if the infrastructure in your office is hacked or crashes then the entire system will become unavailable to all users, potentially plummeting your productivity in the workplace. This is known as the “bottleneck” issue.
Challenge 3 – Employee’s working in silos.
The silo effect occurs when employee's across separate departments don’t collaborate effectively throughout the organisation and productivity suffers because of it. Years ago it was thought that employee’s would work best when they were not bothered and kept to themselves, when in fact they couldn’t be more wrong.
How The Modern Day Removes The Challenge
Solution 1 – Licencing cost
In today’s digital age entity’s have found it to be more beneficial for them to lease the use of cloud computing services like Office 365, Azure or Dynamics 365. This reduce’s costs slightly, but more importantly gives you're organisation access to the latest updates, increased availability and reliability by simply having data stored in the cloud.
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Solution 2 – Single point of failure
So, how can cloud computing eliminate the single point of failure issue (bottleneck issue) in today’s modern workplace?
- Disaster recovery plans are essential to eliminate the severity of the single point of failure issue. This is a process or set of procedures that must be adhered to, in order to recover and protect the organisation’s infrastructure in event of a technological disaster.
- Cloud service providers such as Microsoft have the resources to be able to identify, address, isolate and prevent software flaws. Hacks or service failures on software are defended through this avenue in a professional manner by the cloud service providers, this takes the onus off your employee’s. It’s always favourable to prevent a disaster before it even happens.
Solution 3 – Employee collaboration
The day’s of individual employee’s and quiet workplaces are long gone.
97% of employee’s and executives believe that lack of alignment in a team will impact the outcome of the task. Now that this has been recognised and people understand that workplace collaboration is essential to business success, it hasn’t taken long for cloud computing to evolve and create real-time collaboration tools. This can include something as simple as working on the same document as your colleagues freely without the use of annoying products such as USBs and Hard drives.
Decent internet connection is still necessary. Although with the arrival of NBN will put your mind at ease.
That’s why cloud computing has been gaining so much popularity, the modern workplace has adopted cloud computing along with many other features to ensure that organisations are improving efficiency, removing complexity, cutting appropriate cost’s where possible and delivering a place where people want to work.
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