Cloud computing helps businesses collaborate anywhere
Experts have encouraged companies operating across virtually all industries to adopt cloud computing to upgrade their IT infrastructures and lower overall costs. By utilizing the hosted environment, employees now have access to mission-critical files regardless of their location, allowing workers to collaborate with others through conferencing technology and an internet connection.
CloudTweaks' Catherine Balavage recently highlighted the advantages of the cloud for companies operating in the film industry, but these benefits can be applied to most businesses, especially in terms of worker productivity. Now, sending video through the cloud is easier than ever.
"Joining the cloud massively increases productivity. You can download, upload and back up easily," Balavage wrote. "Your team can work together easily no matter where they are. In the cloud things don’t take days or months. They take hours."
Rather than have employees perform tedious tasks that ultimately take away from more pressing needs, businesses utilizing the cloud can have these functions performed by machines so workers can do their actual jobs, according to the writer.
Balavage also noted that companies can protect mission-critical files and documents using the cloud because this data is stored off-site.
Majority of companies doing business with the cloud
Many businesses looking to improve collaboration are pairing cloud computing with unified communications, making cloud-based UC one of the most advantageous matches in the IT industry. SYS-CON Media's Karil Reibold recently explained why companies that integrate these two technologies are better off than those using older systems.
"Cloud-based unified communications is driving down the cost of deploying a fully integrated unified communications solution," Reibold wrote. "Cloud solutions do not require huge upfront capital investments and, as a result, they allow organizations to shift capital expenses into more predictable operational expenses to reap significant annual costs savings."
As more employees adopt smartphones and tablets, businesses can also leverage cloud-based unified communications to support the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement. Reibold explained that cloud-based UC solutions combine applications that enable IT departments to offer a uniform mobile experience to all workers regardless of the product they bring into the office.
But one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing and unified communications is that organizations leveraging these technologies can scale their IT systems to meet ever-changing demands so resources are never wasted, the writer explained.