Cloud EnablementThe benefits offered by the cloud extend far beyond the IT department or the consumer space. Thanks to the fluid, accessible nature of the cloud, every layer of an organization – and by association, every employee – can enjoy improved efficiency, productivity, and freedom. With this in mind, there’s never been a better time to look into bringing one’s organization into the cloud.

One of the greatest strengths of the cloud is the agility and scalability it affords a business and the ease with which new services and applications can be implemented. This means employees can far more easily contact and coordinate with IT in order to gain access to required software or services. Applications can be provisioned with unprecedented ease, with new services just a phone call or a few keystrokes away.

Not only does this free up one’s IT department for other projects, it also allows a business’s employees a great deal more freedom, creativity, and – perhaps most importantly – time.

Additionally – I’m hesitant to use the term “future proof” – cloud computing also enables an organization to more easily become compliant with new and emerging technologies. Traditionally, whenever a business brought a new application on-board (and often when it sought to update or upgrade existing applications), packaged processes had to be painstakingly distributed by the IT department.  This is no longer the case, as the cloud allows new software to be deployed immediately.

Once again, by automating this distribution, one’s IT department is freed up for other tasks.

Cloud technology also allows one’s staff to be more connected, integrated, and in-sync. With the right management application, personnel all over the globe can quickly and easily collaborate and communicate with one another regardless of location or schedule.  Team members always have access to the most up-to-date documents; revisions can be made in real-time, and conversations about a project’s direction need not occur with everyone present – video conferences or text conversations can be carried out at a team’s leisure. Further, the tasks of each team member can be seamlessly scheduled through the use of project management software.

As a direct result of the improved flexibility offered by the cloud, an organization’s employees are also granted more freedom regarding when and how they work. They’re no longer bound by regular hours, and instead can work at any time (and from anywhere). A team member can just as easily contribute from home or on the road as they can in the office, so long as a safe and secure connection is available. This makes the cloud a particularly ideal solution for an organization which tends to employ a large number of field agents.

By implementing a cloud computing solution, an organization can completely overhaul the way it engages with technology, tapping into the cloud’s improved agility, scalability, and efficiency. The benefits, however, extend far beyond the IT department. By implementing the cloud, a business can enable employees at every level to work harder, better, faster, and stronger.