This week, Google announced they will continue to let employees work from home through the end of June 2021. Likely, more companies will follow suit, allowing workers the flexibility to continue working from home or adopt a hybrid schedule shifting between remote and on-site work.

Prior to COVID-19, the stigma around remote work was that employees would be less productive and there would be less collaboration among colleagues. If anything, the pandemic has proven that employees can be just as productive, if not more, working from home, and collaboration is still achievable from a distance.

However, productive remote work is not achievable for organizations that do not have the proper technology in place. The most important piece of the remote IT landscape is cloud computing.

Transitioning to the cloud has allowed organizations to give their employees the flexibility to work from home. Employees can access data and applications from anywhere with an Internet connection across any device. In the event of an Internet outage, files can be temporarily stored on the physical device to be used offline. With the flexibility of the cloud, employees can work from anywhere, anytime.

Cloud computing also solves the physical collaboration issue. With cloud-enabled storage, users can access, share, and edit files instantly. Documents can be kept in a central, cloud-accessible location for teams to work on without anyone having to send an updated version via email. This allows for real-time updates, improved access to large files, and increased participation. When every member has access to the same file, it allows for better collaboration.

It also allows for better communication. Cloud-based platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack have seen dramatic increases in user adoption to facilitate better collaboration among coworkers.

Also, one of the most valuable advantages to cloud computing is scalability, allowing businesses to scale up or down based on IT requirements. As the business grows, organizations can easily acquire more storage space, enhance speed or functionality, and expand tool-sets.

In addition to better flexibility, collaboration, and scalability, cloud computing allows for enhanced security. Even though cyber-attacks are rising amid COVID-19, the cloud has increased data security and serves as the ultimate backup solution for no loss of data.

While everyone adapts to their new working method, cloud computing is paving the way for organizations to provide the best tools to their employees. Contact us today to determine what the best solution is for your business.