Utilising The Cloud For Improved Business Performance Is Pointless. Why Change? The System I Have Works.

21st July 2020

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The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

The tide rises, the tide falls,The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;

Along the sea-sands damp and brown

The traveller hastens toward the town,

      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

 

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,

But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;

The little waves, with their soft, white hands,

Efface the footprints in the sands,

      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

 

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls

Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;

The day returns, but nevermore

Returns the traveller to the shore,

      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

 

Much like Henry’s poem of life and death (the constant change of life), the rise and fall of technology is becoming more rapid. There are those businesses that fight inevitable change and those that embrace it and rise to the top.

The uptake of cloud-based computing has been brought forward a lot faster than it may have otherwise due to recent events. However, numerous businesses around the world now see the benefits of remote working and cloud-based systems. For many, the thought has been there for some time but the fortitude to actually make the jump has not – and the tide rises and falls before they make that decision.

It’s not that the physical realm of computing is dead, but the time is now to embrace the incredible benefits of the virtual one.

 

Benefit From The Rise Of The Tide

What are the benefits of moving to a cloud-based system?

Well essentially, a virtual office gives you the ultimate flexibility to connect to your business from anywhere, anytime on any device. So, accessing your data, employees and customers in such a simple form allows for far greater efficiency, productivity and collaboration.

 

Reduced Costs

Businesses are always looking to improve cost efficiencies and a lot of the time those come at the expense of productivity, but there is little to no downside in a virtual IT system.

Moving your system to a virtual world reduces the costs of managing and maintaining a physical in-house system. Rather the purchasing hardware and equipment for your business, you can reduce those costs by utilising the resources of your cloud provider. Generally, you will experience less downtime, reduced energy consumption and have less expenditure on IT staff wages.

You will have far greater flexibility when it comes to scalability as well. You can rapidly expand or decrease your system depending on your needs at the time, with your provider doing all the work for you. Because it is possible to access so many high-quality applications online, businesses which choose hosted applications save money by not having to purchase individual software licenses.

Since applications are hosted in the cloud, businesses enjoy the latest version of the application without the need to repeatedly re-install software upgrades. They also save storage space on their company server and on individual computers, and they increase staff’s flexibility by allowing them to access saved documents from anywhere in the world.

A Hosted Desktop solution centralises your data, lowers IT operating costs and makes collaborations between different offices – and even different countries – easy. When you opt for a Hosted Desktop solution, you benefit from the very latest technology – including the most up-to-date security features.

 

Efficient Collaboration

Because you can work from anywhere anytime on any device your collaboration and efficiency within your workforce will grow your business exponentially. With a cloud-based environment, you have the ability to communicate and share far greater than traditional methods.

Having offices in different locations or employees working remotely makes no difference when you have a cloud-based platform, in fact, they can share and collaborate far more securely than in a typical office situation.

Utilising tools like Microsoft Teams, Horizon Collaborate and Hosted Desktop means you can call, video chat, work on files simultaneously and more, from wherever you are.

Giving employees access to the information they need, where and when they need it, goes a long way. It cuts costs, improves work/life balance, and makes your people happier and motivated to get more done. A truly remote workforce, where people can work together from any location, builds a thriving and successful team.

 

Employee Flexibility

With employees looking for far greater flexibility within their jobs, cloud systems allow for remote work to be just as productive, if not more, than traditional office-based ones. Elite Group has shown with its remote working solutions that productivity has improved by 20%.

 

‘48% of employees prefer using peer collaboration tools for workplace learning, while 81% say that their productivity improved due to peer collaboration apps’ braidio.com

 

Companies wanting the best people for the job need to offer the best working environment and remote working has now become a big factor in an employees’ choice of workplace. Some businesses have fears that productivity will be lost due to lack of oversight however that couldn’t be further from the reality from what we are seeing.

 

‘Gen Z has a deep understanding of how technology can transform the way we work and live. That’s why 80% said they aspire to work with cutting-edge technology, 91% said technology would influence job choice among similar employment offers, and 80% said they believe technology and automation will create a more equitable work environment. Gen Z deeply understands digital transformation. Today’s students have a deep understanding of how technology can transform the way we work and live.’ www.delltechnologies.com

 

Allowing employees more flexibility gives them far more responsibility to achieve and thrive within their roles.

 

Improved Security With 365

Microsoft 365 comes with all the office apps and you can stay up to date with the latest versions on any device. Connect with customers and staff using Outlook and Exchange. There are endless reasons to choose 365 and the benefits vary from business to business depending on how you work and what your business requirements are.

Having access to creative tools such as Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and more allows your business to achieve great results.

The ability to remotely utilise numerous Microsoft Office tools on different devices allows your business and employees to work productively in a flexible manner which inevitably increases business profitability.

With access to a range of security tools to ensure your data is kept safe, including encryption, anti-virus and anti-spam software, Microsoft 365 offers a secure system to keep your business protected.

Having these safeguards in place to protect data, your business has peace of mind that if devices are lost or stolen, data is secure.

 

Before The Tide Falls

Don’t succumb to the wait and see, now is the time to contact Elite Group before the tide falls. With your competitors advancing on the wave of available tech, you’re at risk of but nevermore returning to the shore.

The availability and cost-effectiveness have never been better than it is now for your business to improve efficiency, security and productivity. Remote working capabilities and business continuity are no longer something to consider, they are a critical requirement of every business. Remote working should be available to every business regardless of size or industry and with the growth of cloud-based technologies and mobility solutions, we can support your business now and in the future.

Investing in the right technology and innovations can help your business grow and increase your productivity and profitability.

 

For more information on how Elite Group can power your unified communication solutions, call us on 0333 060 9913 or request a quote today at www.elitegroup.com/contact/