The impact that cloud technology is having on the way businesses work has been compared to the workplace evolution that occurred after the dawn of the Internet.

Cloud solutions such as AWS, Azure and Office 365 have been credited with drastically improving company-wide efficiency in small businesses and multinational enterprises alike.

More and more businesses are realising the benefits of the cloud. If your organisation is yet to undergo the cloud transition, here’s why you should.

Work on the go

The flexibility to work away from the office, at home or when travelling, is a requisite for many businesses today. And with the increasing capability of mobile devices as fully-fledged work tools, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and remote working are viable options for businesses.

The cloud, through services such as hosted virtual desktop, makes your resources, emails and documents available on the go, without the need to store files on local devices. As many businesses have experienced, local storage can cause compliance and data loss issues.

By utilising the cloud you eliminate the requirement to setup secure and reliable connections to your on-premise servers.

Better collaboration

Collaboration, especially for businesses that operate in multiple locations, is a continuous task to streamline. The cloud makes teamwork a whole lot easier, as data is stored in one centralised location – there’s no need to email file revisions and have multiple versions of documents saved to multiple machines.

Cloud services such as Office 365 are built for productivity, promoting sharing and real-time collaboration within the workplace, in an easily manageable way. Overall, faster, efficient teamwork helps your business become agile.

Business continuity

Protecting business critical applications and data has been revolutionised by the cloud. With an offsite cloud backup and disaster recovery implementation, organisations can ensure business continuity services more cost-effectively than with legacy options.

This means, should an incident occur, disruption to the workplace is reduced as the window for data loss is minimised (faster Recovery Point Objectives), as is the duration of time that services are unavailable for (faster Recovery Time Objectives).

Cloud-enabling the workplace isn’t about gaining a competitive advantage anymore, it’s about keeping up with the innovation curve. The flexibility, efficiency and strategic opportunities that managed cloud solutions such as AWS, Azure and Office 365 present, simply can not be ignored by businesses.

To find out how the cloud can transform your workplace, speak to one of iomart’s cloud experts. Call us on 0800 040 7228 or email us