There are many benefits of cloud computing for businesses as a whole as well as for IT teams. But there are also very significant benefits for employees of any department as well to attain better work-life balance, or more efficiency while traveling. It also provides business continuity, making sure that everyone is able to work, no matter what is going on at the office.
Since the cloud is accessible no matter where you are, even a disaster like a flood doesnât stop employees from being able to work - provided that your employees have access to the applications that they utilize daily, they can simply access the cloud to pull down those applications. For example, letâs say that your accounting team uses a QuickBooks Database hosted on a Cloud server. Since QuickBooks is in the Cloud, your accounting team can continue to work on the numbers even if the road to the office is out and the office is literally inaccessible. So your employees can keep working, and your business can stay productive regardless of whether there is a snow day or any other kind of event that would keep you from the office.
Having data stored in the cloud instead of scattered among countless employee desktops or even corporate servers assists companies in maintaining control over the data as well, which of course helps employees in being able to find the data. Since applications and data can be accessed from the cloud instead of stored on an employeeâs laptop, this eliminates the risks involved with employees losing company hardware. So if a sales rep has the iPad he uses to sign contracts digitally stolen while on the field, he can simply buy a new iPad and continue to access the application at the next site. The only thing lost is the physical appliance used to access the cloud - the data is still there, in the cloud.
Employees also gain the ability to be free to move about, and even relocate, while continuing to work for the same company. An employee who does all of their work in a CRM tool (located in the cloud) and uses a proprietary company database (moved to the cloud) can continue to perform the same tasks anywhere on the globe. So if that employee decides they want to move back to their home town, the company doesn't need to lose a valued business asset - they can simply work with the employee and offer them to be able to work remotely by using these tools. Employers can even scour the globe for the best and brightest employees to serve the company - the cloud doesn't care if your company is in Boston and your best candidate is in Minneapolis; so long as an internet connection is available your team can get to work.
None of this has addressed the mobility benefits of the cloud that you might already be familiar with. Thanks to cloud computing sales teams can pull presentations from customer machines to showcase their sales presentations, and technicians can access the company database on-site to perform maintenance on customer equipment. All of this and more is possible with the cloud, enabling employees to not only be more effective at their work, but to also be happier while they work, since they donât necessarily need to be in the office to get their work done.