In this escalating technological era, businesses are looking for the best ways to increase their efficiency and productivity. Businesses employ the latest software in order to allow workers to give their full potential and work more competently. For this, businesses have to purchase software and its licenses to provide employees with the gears and applications they require. However, as technology has evolved, it has turned over other alternatives for businesses to use that would allow employees to access their work place from anywhere. One of such highly innovative concept is that of cloud computing.
With the help of web-based servers such as cloud computing, instead of installing programs and software in each and every computer for every employee, businesses now can upload information on one application over one computer which all the employees can access through the databases remotely by logging on to that application. Cloud computing’s remarkable mobility enhances the ability of employees to be more productive and efficient as it increases the technical and cultural capability by allowing employees to work from remote areas through different devices and different location such as their home, outside the office, from another city or even another country.
The data stored in the software and the software itself is not stored on your computer physically rather it is accessible through the server computer cloud. This has indeed been embraced by organizations as it has helped them innovate and upgrade their businesses. Cloud comprises of applications that automate sales processes, stores large databases of companies, emails and file sharing which help companies to expand and facilitates them to realize their needs in a shorter time frame than ever before.
It also has a significant impact on the flexibility of the organization as it allows organizations to introduce new methods of work and phase out older ones to make work more cost effective and less time consuming.
Large companies such as Nokia which operates across the globe use the services of cloud to enable more mobility in work to improve performance and service levels as employees from all manufacturing sites and sales offices can access the main database.
Companies can increase adaptation of cloud by understanding how it will make employees more productive, particularly recognizing the need for groups of employees working together. Once they start realizing the benefits of the service they will certainly want to avail more services. An additional advantage is the low investment required to avail cloud services so companies do not have to create a huge amount of investment to benefit from cloud services. This had made it possible for small business to harness the opportunity to utilize computing power and technology which was previously accessible to companies with a very large budget only.
With the effective use of cloud computing, workplace in the future is likely to have a more democratized structure. Organizations will be more decentralized as the structure of the workplace will be in favor of high-speed work practices, dedicated towards agility, promptness to market and towards customers, focusing on providing the best service. The workplace will no longer be a constraint to define regions and offices. Moreover, the concept of data powered by the cloud will lead the employees and the business to be universally connected and will enable to control everything in their work via any device from any location.
However, a great barrier for businesses in adopting cloud computing is the security and privacy concerns to mobile computing and cloud. The threat of data hacking and leakage holds back many businesses to convert to this model, nevertheless, even after the security concerns many businesses think their work practices need to change to this model in order to stay competitive and productive in the global marketplace today.
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