In a Remote World, the Cloud Enables Business Continuity
SME World|July 2021
In the first half of 2020, the global pandemic forced companies around the globe into a sudden and unexpected shift to remote work. Many companies immediately turned to cloud computing for continuity of service. Those that didn't are heading that way now because, while the current crisis will eventually subside, it has permanently changed the business landscape and how companies operate. For many businesses, a percentage of employees and roles will become permanently remote. Fortunately, for those that need to adapt, the cloud can ease this transition. From enabling large scale remote work to enhancing business operations and saving cost, cloud computing is now an essential business practice for companies around the world.
Darren Lum

Enables Large Scale Remote Work

Whether in the office or remote, work needs to get done, and many of the same policies and expectations around performance still apply. Cloud technology enables employees to work from any location, giving them access via a virtual environment to the same data and information that they'd have access to from their office. A company with a cloud network can make remote work simple and seamless by implementing cloud-based technologies and tools to help employees stay connected and enable collaboration.

Leveraging cloud-based communication tools can streamline processes and drive frequent communication, which was identified by an MIT Sloan Management Review survey as a key principle to effectively managing a distributed workforce. Human resources departments can use collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams for internal communications, hiring and onboarding. In addition, a centralized learning management system facilitates universal access to remote-learning content, which can be utilized for training and professional development. Cloud technologies can provide sales teams with real-time information,such as changes in 16buying behavior, and facilitate improved sales support and inventory management. Within Teams,sales groups can create specific channels for their customers and partners dedicated to external communication.

Drives Collaboration and Engagement

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