The way business happens has changed dramatically over the last few years. More and more businesses are keen to engage and collaborate with stakeholders within and beyond the four walls of their enterprise. Whether it’s the coworkers, customers, partners, suppliers, or any other external groups – businesses are keen to collaborate with them in real time, regardless of where they might be located. Related : Business Impact of Email and Collaboration Technologies Traditionally, businesses have been deploying in-premise collaboration solutions on their own servers within their own data centers, managed by their own (or outsourced) IT teams. Managing an in-premise setup comes with its own set of challenges such as the overhead of Capex, getting the most out of ageing hardware, dealing with the complexities of application upgrades and the like. Related : 7 wants of an IT Manager of a Small to Medium Size business But cloud, as a platform, has changed the game in the recent years. Although it was way back in the 1960s that the concept of a global computer network first emerged, it’s only over the last few years that cloud computing has come into its own. By providing readily available elastic components, modules and storage, it has become a no-brainer for application providers to adopt cloud computing as a platform for scalable and reliable delivery of the applications. In fact, the cloud computing market is projected to exceed $241 billion by 2020, according to Salesforce.com, one of the global pioneers of cloud computing. So with so many benefits, what still stops organizations from moving their application workload to the cloud platform ? We believe that the lack of understanding of the business impact of applications delivered via the cloud platform is perhaps the single biggest hurdle in the adoption of cloud-based collaboration services. Besides satisfying the 7 wants of an IT Manager, see if any or all of these five additional compelling reasons make you change your mind about moving your collaboration workload to a cloud platform :
1. Flexibility, reliability and multi-location accessibility
Traditionally, businesses have been using in-premise collaboration solutions. These location-specific solutions work well when users in that particular location have to collaborate with each other. But as is already established, that’s not how businesses work anymore. Collaboration happens across geographical boundaries and time zones. Cloud-based collaboration solutions, since they are central to all locations, are not restricted to a specific geography, and can reach the employees of an organization dispersed across regions (even countries). In his paper, The Promise, Progress and Pain of Collaboration Software, Jason Green, board member on many SaaS firms working to improve workplace collaboration, quotes the solutions built by companies like Yammer, Box, Skype and Google to tackle the problem of employees working together remotely.
2. Grow and shrink your operations freely and instantly
The modern day IT department is one of the most complex and over-burdened part of an organization. Reducing complexity, scaling resources and adapting to changing business requirements are some of the major challenges that an IT department faces. By adopting cloud-based collaboration services, organizations get access to elevated elasticity in resource allocation, which allows them to grow and shrink their operations freely and instantly, without having to carry the burden of provisioning or de-provisioning expensive resources.