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Written by Emily Gam
on August 15, 2017

Cloud computing has been around for a while now and has many different benefits for both individuals and businesses.  Businesses no longer need to worry about housing huge servers in their back room and can breathe easy knowing their data is safe.

Productivity is one of the most well-known benefits of using the cloud, but how exactly does the cloud improve productivity in a business?

Accessibility

One of the best features of cloud computing is the ability to access your data from anywhere in the world, on any device. The rise of social media can be attributed to the rise of cloud computing and the smartphone. Every time you update your status on Facebook you’re accessing the cloud.

The accessibility of the cloud means employees can work from wherever they want, whether it’s at home or in the airport lounge. Employees are no longer tied to their desks and important projects no longer need to come to a grinding halt because a key employee is out of the office.

The accessibility of the cloud means you can manage your entire business effectively and efficiency, giving you time to take a step back and work on your business, not in it.

Collaboration

Using collaborative tools, such as Skype for Business, 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.

Downtime

There are many times in life when we think to ourselves, "that's 30 minutes of my life I'll never get back", and while 30 minutes in a lifetime isn't a big deal, 30 minutes every working day is.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘time is money’, and it certainly rings true when talking about software updates getting in the way of staff, as well as managing countless software licenses and downtime.

Many businesses we’ve helped over the years have been managing their own software updates in an effort to reduce costs. The problem lies in the knock on effect of using staff to perform updates and scheduling downtime in business hours.

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