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How Cloud Technology Transforms Workplace

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It’s clear that companies are moving to the cloud in record numbers, taking advantage of all the benefits offered by a digital workplace from cost to accessibility, building targeted streamline communications, increasing engagement and driving company objectives. Accenture notes that seventy-six percent of executives surveyed agree that organizations need to dramatically reengineer the workplace experience bringing technology and people together in a more human-centric manner.

Those same business leaders say digital transformation of the workplace is a top priority, but only forty percent of organizations have brought digital initiatives full scale. With organizations poised to invest significant budget dollars, over the next three to five years updating IT infrastructure, there is opportunity for IT leaders to demonstrate the benefits a cloud infrastructure can deliver to the organization’s bottom line. While some companies are still resisting workplace transformation, there are many reasons you should consider migrating to the cloud as an initiative for 2021.

Increased Accessibility

A digital workplace experience is the virtual version of the traditional workplace, securely providing the personalized, role-based services, applications, and data an employee needs on any device, anytime, anywhere through a consumer-like online experience.

The cloud, by definition, is accessed through the internet so files are accessible from any location at any time. For employees working remotely, access to vital information can be an important source of job satisfaction and a reduction of stress while improving productivity.

Enables a Flexible Workplace

Harvard study found that over forty percent of people polled would take a reduction in salary if offered an option to work from home at least part of the time. Cloud computing allows your employees more flexibility in where and how they work in or out of the traditional workplace. Employees access files on any web-enabled devices such as phones, laptops and tablets with the ability to share documents and other files over the Internet. Many employers have “bring your own device (BYOD)” policies now, which are enabled with cloud access.

Scalability

One of the main benefits of using cloud technology is scalability. Cloud computing allows businesses to easily upscale or downscale IT requirements as needed. Cloud providers allow increases to existing resources to meet increased business allowing support for business growth without expensive changes to infrastructure.

Supports Customers Effectively

The days of managed switchboards with agents on call standard business hours is a thing of the past. Customers and employees alike want answers to questions and ability to purchase products twenty-four hours a day. The cloud enables data from various disparate sources to be combined with application access giving agents greater ability to support customers at any time of the day and enable them to share information with customers in need of a solution. Data and application integrations combined with the targeting and segmenting users provides a powerful mechanism to drive results whether by team or across the whole organization.

Reduced Infrastructure Costs

The costs associated with network operations are not limited to the physical hardware and software alone, your IT staff is pulled away many times daily maintaining connectivity, monitoring for potential threats or installing patches and updates to maintain continuity. Moving to cloud computing can reduce the cost of managing and maintaining your IT systems. Rather than purchasing expensive systems and equipment for your business, reduce your costs by using the resources of your cloud computing service provider. As your organization grows, your cloud provider allocates more space.

Supports Collaboration and Innovation

Collaboration is a key concern for employers and employees. The cloud keeps all your employees connected and productive, regardless of where they are working. The ability to communicate and share in the cloud can enhance the quality of work produced and decrease the amount of time it takes to complete projects. Cloud computing simplifies and organizes group collaboration allowing employees to work from a centrally stored repository of files with real-time updates leading to enhanced productivity. Integrating tools such as instant messaging, file hosting/sharing tools and collaboration applications make it easier to communicate between departments, keeping the door open to innovation.

Security

Security of proprietary business information is always a concern and the advancements in the cloud have sought to address those concerns. Information stored in the cloud is always stored in an encrypted form that would need to be translated before the information could be read. Cloud providers encode each user’s data with a specific encryption key rendering files illegible without it.

Of course, there are companies and organizations that have heightened privacy concerns with user data such as financial or patient information. That should not keep you from exploring the cloud as an option as most providers have experience with hybrid installations that provide the best of both worlds in that your patient/client data can still reside on premise while the cloud provides access to applications that keep your operation running more efficiently at a reduced cost.

As discussion of new working scenarios and ways to drive value to business continue, cloud adoption may come down to simple economics. Ultimately, cloud technology has come so far that you can run entire business processes from a single workplace experience platform that offering new levels of access and productivity for your enterprise at a lower cost than once imagined. Can you afford not to take advantage of the benefits the cloud has to offer?

Contact us today for a personalized demonstration of how Korbyt can bridge the gap between your employees and productivity goals while reducing expenses.