Cloud Supports Mobility And Enables Greater Flexible
Cloud computing is a valuable tool that enhances productivity, drives workplace mobility and increases companies’ flexibility, according to several business representatives interviewed by the Guardian in association with Microsoft.
Although it may be frightening for enterprises that are fixed and immobile by tradition, cloud computing enables two types of mobility, says Luke Connoley, associate director of workplace research group Unwork. First, cloud computing allows employees to move more freely within the company itself, and secondly, it allows them to work from any location outside of the workplace. This means that cloud computing boosts both collaboration and communication across the network.
Adrian Williams, director of business sales with Nokia UK, believes that mobility provides enterprises with the highest level of productivity, meaning that employees are given virtually unlimited access to data and work tools on a variety of devices. This, in turn, significantly enhances the quality of services, while also allowing firms to make the most of the latest technology available.
Small businesses can also benefit from cloud computing, says Mark Deakin, partner technology strategist at Microsoft. It allows them to use complex technology which was previously only accessible to large enterprises with matching IT budgets. It also enables scalability, using greater server capacity when you need to and the rest of the time maintaining the necessary minimum. This also levels the playing field for large and small organizations, making smaller businesses more competitive in the marketplace.
Another aspect of enterprise mobility concerns the move from bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to corporate owned, privately enabled (COPE) technology, Phil Jones, managing director of business solutions provider Brother UK, notes. This is related to security concerns raised by the BYOD trend and allows enterprises to draw a line between ownership of data and the devices it is used on, arming them with the tool to discontinue access to sensitive information in case the device, for instance, gets displaced.
At the same time, says Jones, the cloud will bring about a complete transformation of the workplace, deconstructing the traditional hierarchy in favor of a more horizontal organization of work based on speed and agility. The Internet of things, which is enabled by the cloud, will have a wider significance for our everyday lives, giving us the power to control everything via a mobile device and effectively merging work and private life.
Jesus Luna Garcia, senior researcher at Cloud Security Alliance, clarifies this by explaining that the concept of the office will be completely changed with the advent of cloud. Data and software tools necessary for work will be constantly accessible, enabling complete mobility. As well as this, there will be changes that will add a complete new aspect to the notion of mobility, like e-health apps that will monitor elderly patients from their home, for example.