Technological advancements will always come with a swath of diehard holdouts nipping at their heels. Like dogs after a bone; these skeptics view technology, in all its facets and forms, with a fair amount of cynicism. Whether they are distrustful of a particular item’s usefulness or simply trifle with the idea that all ‘new’ technology is a waste of time. There is one vital piece of this new infrastructure, however, that is proving to be neither useless or a waste of time. In fact, this tool will save time, in at least five different ways. The tool is called cloud computing and here are the reasons even professional cynics should consider adopting it earlier than usual:
1. Instantaneous backup for all. Sure, everyone has gotten used to the external backup options. There’s:
- Hard drives
- Flash drives
- Manual updates and downloads
- Syncing devices
All of these methods work, but they have also highlight a particular habit among the masses: people want online data storage options. Cloud computing offers that option without a tether. It instantly updates all devices from one server.
This is good for a professional IT infrastructure. When essential information is stored in the cloud, employees can access it in minutes. According to a recent Open Forums article, the ability to access vital information quickly has helped doctors and researchers improve their diagnostic capabilities.
2. Remote workspace and data-sharing. Since 2010, Microsoft has been tracking the development of remote operations in small to medium sized businesses. Cloud computing has allowed for an uptick in data-sharing and off-site productivity. Currently, almost 70% of businesses give their employees the ability to work anywhere at any time through cloud connectivity.
3. Streamlines operational implementation. Gone are the days of employee-to-employee software updates and staggered training sessions. Case studies at Troy Media and Williams Engineering in Canada have shown time spent on in-office updates is greatly reduced when using the cloud.
Everything needed for these updates can be stored in one central database. That database can be accessed and added to as needed; making it easier to perform and manage updates across the board.
4. Increases collaboration. From projects to meetings, the creation of a virtual office space means that more employees in more locations can connect and share information with one another.
5. Tech support is built-in through managed services. This might be the biggest change that cloud computing has brought to the IT infrastructure in business. Tech support used to mean training a clutch of on-site staff to be the interoffice technological think tank. If something broke down, they fixed it. If there was an update to be done, they managed it. Even if it wasn’t the best system, it was a workable one.
Cloud computing took what works about the old IT help desk structure and let it run independently outside of the business itself. The cloud comes with managed services; companies that handle the “help desk” tasks. This allows businesses to lower IT overhead and use their staff resources more efficiently. Technology is no longer lost like a bad connection in a game of telephone. It remains focused and streamlined.
With the instant and well-connected nature of cloud computing, it is hard to deny that time is saved across the board. This will only improve as cloud technology evolves and advances in the coming years. Even technology’s biggest naysayers have to eventually admit when something is well-worth adopting. Cloud computing is worth the risk. Talk to Trace3 today and see how it can help your organization.