An ever-growing trend is the digitization of workplace, and new technologies are helping to shape the office of the future both physically and virtually.

Just two decades ago, offices barely had the internet, computers, or even emails. The daily routine of most office employee in the world was limited to the desktop from 9am – 5pm.

Today, workers are no longer restricted to their desk, they can access projects anywhere, and on any device meaning the “traditional workplace” has become a thing of the past. For companies to remain relevant and up-to date, they need to adapt quickly and take full advantage of a modernized working environment.

Cloud computing does not only save cost for companies by storing information online, which is accessible from any internet enabled device. The technology empowers employees with tools that enable them to collaborate and communicate effectively from anywhere in the world. Thereby completely changing the corporate culture – fuelling innovation, creativity, increased productivity and efficiency.

For example, cloud based application software like Google Docs and Office 365 enables collaborators working on a document to edit in real-time and hold instant messaging (IM) conversations; this means you can ask and answer questions on specific problems or issues in real-time, rather than emailing multiple revisions of files and having several versions of documents saved in multiple machines.

By making interaction more stimulating and convenient for staff, the use of these new methods of communication can help develop stronger teams and more efficient working practices, even within apparently disjointed or complex organisations.

It is now a requisite today for many businesses to have the flexibility to work away from the office, at home or even when in transit. Through cloud, organizations can exploit viable options like Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies that enables employees to equip themselves with the devices they prefer increases efficiency and even morale.

Before now, a crashed computer system could affect a company tremendously. Many companies lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because of a fried server or compromised hard drive.

Cloud computing in its simplest terms means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. While this doesn’t prevent your computer system from crashing, it does eliminate the risk of losing valuable information because of malfunction since information isn’t localized onto a physical server. Instead, your information is stored in a format that is easily accessible and not prone to loss. Also, the cloud ensures that information is only accessible to the right people whilst making it nearly impossible for confidential company data to be leaked.

Organisations that fail to provide their workforce with an arsenal of tools to connect, network, and create the future might as well close their door today. Ignoring the cloud will truly limit the organisation’s survival in this new world, in a very short period.

In an era where a business must show signs of agility to survive, cloud technology enables an entrepreneur to focus on what he desires most: business growth, profitability, productivity, and innovation.

If you want to transform your work environment whilst keeping up-to-date with evolving technology, do not hesitate to adopt cloud computing today.

Mr. Marvellous Lawrence (Marve)
Mr. Marvellous Lawrence (Marve)Research Analyst