As companies begin to get on board with the benefits of cloud computing at their local offices and headquarters by outsourcing some of their data storage to cloud providers, a new trend on the employee side of the equation is occurring as well. It centers around employees who are more productive when they work from home and, also, those who must travel a great deal for a company. By devising ways for these employees to utilize company resources while away from the office, businesses can increase productivity while also maximizing employee satisfaction and production.
Often, this type of cloud computing takes the form of IaaS or SaaS options such as Skype or Google Docs, programs which allow communication and collaboration over long distances. Companies like Microsoft are also developing collaborative, cloud-based software that will allow users to interact in real time and create presentations that are adjustable on the fly and can be presented from anywhere in the world.
That’s the true beauty of the cloud for small businesses – the ability to take its use on the road, rather than keeping it local. Data that has been transferred to a cloud server takes up less space in a local office, but that doesn’t mean that this space then has to be filled with desks or filing cabinets. By taking advantage of new and upcoming technology that allows employees to access company data and applications from anywhere that they have an Internet connection, a company can go a long way toward ensuring that they are on the forefront of their industry, rather than running to catch up. Expect to see a rise in cloud telecommuting applications in the coming years for large and small businesses alike.