The Future of Cloud Collaboration

 

Collaboration is essential; it provides team members within an organization the opportunity to work together on a particular task. In the past, when workers wanted to collaborate on specific documents, they needed to meet in person or communicate through local user portals.

Today, collaboration has become more complex, as organizations strive to seek input from people all over the world in real time and across numerous devices and platforms.

We asked Bruce Baron, Partner at AppSolute Consulting, to weigh in on the topic.

“Web based cloud applications give SMBs the opportunity to access data anytime from anywhere across devices and platforms.”

Because small enterprises outnumber large companies by a wide margin, they are able to employ far more people. For this reason, SMBs have also been credited for driving innovation and competition in various industry sectors. Due to their size, SMBs possess different IT requirements and often face varying IT challenges, whereas the larger enterprises possess IT resources that usually consist of highly constrained budgets and staff.

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Source: https://www.getapp.com/blog/small-business-cloud-infographic/

Much like any sized company, SMBs are given a boost with the integration of cloud applications. Though SMBs were once only capable of sharing files locally, they are now able to share files across all devices. Cloud collaboration is an emerging market with unfolding trends that offer a new way of sharing and curating computer files. Baron is confident that the adoption of Cloud SAAS solutions enables SMBs to extend their use of technology without significant upfront infrastructure costs. And isn’t this the goal for most companies? Finding cost efficient methods to improve work productivity has never been so simple.

New cloud collaboration technologies enable users to upload and comment on documents. Users can also edit documents, which are then instantaneously updated in the cloud. In recent years, businesses have seen an increase in the adoption of cloud collaboration.

“Office 365 is a primary example of how SMBs effectively moved email from a local exchange server to a cloud service, which provides tremendous ROI for the business while minimizing ongoing risk.”

Cloud collaboration brings together new endeavors in cloud computing and employee interaction, and they are becoming more beneficial for organizations that operate in a globalized world. Cloud computing refers to technologies that provide software, data access and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location.

Integration into the cloud collaboration sector is growing rapidly. The application of services has reached a point where organizations are less worried about the capabilities of a given technology, and more concerned of workers’ reluctance to engage in this platform. As Baron points out, there are many advantages of cloud collaboration software, such as the ability of SMBs to measure results quickly and validate ROI.

It’s easy for collaboration to lose traction and for employees to interact with one another less. This is why it’s important to seek out new strategies, like the cloud, to provide a more cohesive work environment for team members.

We would like to thank Bruce Baron for his expertise on cloud collaboration software.

About Bruce Baron:
Founding partner at AppSolute Consulting, Bruce Baron leads the company’s sales and marketing efforts while ensuring customer satisfaction.

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