Technology has helped to improve the ability for employees to collaborate and manage their time more effectively. Workplace productivity has increased an amazing 84% during the last 4 decades thanks to advancements in digital technology (study by O2 Business and CEBR).
Technology such as Cloud Computing can enhance productivity by standardising devices and systems, so all staff have the same experience.
A Cloud Platform can allow all your devices to access a Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Server). Connecting to a Remote Desktop basically means that your device becomes a ‘dummy’ device as all the hard work is done by the server.
A good Cloud provider will maintain all your software licencing and updates, so there is no internal time wasted chasing vendors and updating systems.
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- Competitive Advantage
Businesses need to see technology as a competitive advantage, in other words not to look at IT as an overhead, but an enabler.
Technology such as Cloud Computing allows you to access your business from anywhere, this means employees can be sent out on-site to offer consulting style services. This kind of flexibility allows you to have all information and applications on hand, build better relationships with clients, add more value, and ultimately generate a higher profit margin.
Even if you're not ready to start offering consulting services to your clients, you can begin to improve the engagement and communication between both parties by visiting your client's office and working with them there. This will allow you to open another level of dialogue with clients and position your business as a trusted advisor.
Using collaborative tools, such as Skype for Business, in the Cloud environment gives you the ability to communicate easily with your team outside of traditional methods. This is especially handy for businesses that have multiple offices, contractors or just want their different departments to interact more.
These tools can also help you to manage projects and keep an eye on the workload of your employees. The goals are clearer and the timeline can be followed precisely. Not to mention the nature of these tools can encourage greater relationships between departments and foster innovative and creative ideas.
- Employee Satisfaction
With all this talk of offering more in-depth and higher end services to clients, you need to make sure you have the right staff. If you are looking to expand, you’ll need to attract the right people. This is where the Cloud can also help in terms of offering an attractive workplace.
Work/life balance is an important part of attracting quality candidates, and a perk that can make your business stand out from the rest.
The Cloud can allow you to offer employees flexibility, whether that is working from home, working outside standard business hours or staggering starting times.
Having old and out of date technology puts your data at risk, whether through failing hardware or software that is no longer supported and is vulnerable to attack.
The Cloud can also provide a safe space to save all your data, just make sure the provider in question has multiple data replication centres and keeps the data stored in Australia.
As with any service you must make sure that a provider isn’t cutting corners just to save a few extra bucks.