The economy is still reeling with the effects of Covid-19. Chances are, you are part of the new remote workforce, regardless of if you're a business owner or if you're an employee.
The fact is the U.S. workforce is now online. Telecommuting is the norm, and collaboration is being re-thought and re-imagined.
Now, companies like ours are offering cloud migration services for anyone who needs to get online without delay.
According to several sources, the direction that work has gone after covid is hardly a surprise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 37% of all jobs can be done completely remotely.
According to another source, remote job opportunities have been growing at a rate of 44% over the last five years. That's a phenomenal increase in online employment opportunities.
Covid-19 has only served to shine a light on how businesses can cut costs by not renting office space, saving time on commutes, and sometimes improving the mental health of its employees.
These kinds of connections are only possible through technology: email, mobile phones, and the falling cost of capable personal computers.
Now, enter the cloud and cloud storage. Many people will be familiar with cloud services like Google Drive that allow people in separate parts of the world to connect and collaborate seamlessly.
However, in many cases, public cloud services like Google Drive aren't suitable for businesses.
Why Cloud Computing for a Remote Workforce?
The swift right turn that many businesses have taken when employing workers is pushing companies toward cloud computing, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, it might not be for the reasons that you're expecting.
Cloud computing isn't only for businesses that want to work on documents and spreadsheets together. It's also essential for cybersecurity, data backups, scalability, cost-saving, and policy compliances.
So, how do these reasons play into the significant advantage that cloud computing gives to businesses?
Easy 24/7 Collaboration
Typically, businesses will have a data center or a server that they maintain for their in-house use. Still, servers need a lot of maintenance. What's more, when a server's down for maintenance, the whole company will go down until that server's good to go again.
Cloud computing gives team members access to any data they need whenever they want it. No compromises. Because companies can make a living running one giant server that many people have access to, then they will have more redundancies and safety measures in place than your average joe schmo.
Cloud Computing Makes It Easier to Scale Your Business
The size of your business used to be limited by the size of your office. Now with remote employees, the only limiting factor to your growth is the bandwidth that your employees have piped into their homes.
The elasticity of the cloud for working remotely helps make businesses more stable.
The cloud will expand along with your business, easy as that. The versatility that the cloud offers makes it one of the very best ways to operate and grow your business.
The Cloud Is Cheap
Well, the cloud is cheap, relatively speaking. You might end up paying a small monthly fee to access the cloud and for an IT maintenance person to keep it up and running. Still, that cost is nothing compared to the cost of an in-house server.
Additionally, many of your employees will have worked with various cloud tools already, so making the transition will take very little training. Again, saving on the cost of getting up and running.
The Cloud Is Secure
Cybersecurity experts designed cloud computing to be extra safe from day one. One of the first iterations of the internet was created by J.C.R. Licklider and was called ARPANET. As you can imagine, militaries latched onto the idea of ARPANET not long after it's creation, giving cloud computing a security pedigree.
You can see the history of the cloud reflected in the responsibility model that all cloud platforms share. These responsibility models are there to guarantee the cloud's safety while allowing users to interact with one another.
During our cloud migration services, we move everything onto Microsoft's cloud service so that we can maintain your information for you.
Microsoft's cloud is unique because you can pick and choose which security features you would like to have. Of course, we're always available to give our opinions on remote management security as well.
Using Microsoft's cloud, you can do things like encrypting data, setting permissions, and setting identification requirements. All of this makes your data more secure.
The Cloud Is Build for Regulation
Some market sectors are bound by regulations they can't escape. The health care industry, telecom businesses, educational networks, and government bodies all need special security steps to operate. These industries need systems built for easy regulation as well as security.
Many cloud services, Microsoft's included, have these exact features built-in. So, because Microsoft monitors regulations for you, you will rarely be out of date on your information security.
You can imagine that these protections would be especially strict when remote employees, and even remote students, are submitting work that cannot be compromised.
Help Your Business Thrive With Cloud Services
To sum up the benefits of a cloud solution, a cloud service can help you communicate better, scale your business easier, lower your operating costs, keep you safer, and help you regulate traffic.
You can DIY your own cloud management service with one of the providers that we've mentioned. Still, it's often more cost-effective to hire a cloud migration service to get you started. That way, you aren't spending time and money training yourself or your employees to set it up for you.
In many ways, spending on in-house setup is an unnecessary cost.
We would love to talk about our cloud migration services with you for your remote workforce. However, whatever you decide, we would love to work with you!