We’ve heard all of the excuses. I don’t have enough time. We’ve been doing things the same way for years; why change now? I’ll think about it tomorrow, next week, next year.
Whatever’s holding you back from a cloud migration, it’s limiting your company’s success and hindering your employees’ performance. If you don’t move to the cloud for yourself and your business, do it for your employees. Employees prefer the cloud because it empowers them to work remotely and lighten their workload.
Learn how moving to the cloud helps your employees rise above their challenges and operate at peak performance:
1) Get a handle on Big Data
Big data can be both a blessing and a curse. With a wealth of information at your and your employees’ fingertips, finding that one file you need ASAP can be like finding, well, a needle in a haystack.
Your employees spend way too much time searching for information. According to a McKinsey report, employees spend over an hour a day – more than 9 hours a week, on average – sorting through information. That’s time that could be better spent spelunking, deep sea diving or completing tasks your employees were actually hired to do (though, we gotta say the first two options are much more exciting).
No employee wants to waste hours of time searching and gathering information. If they do, NEVER let them go. Seriously, you found the extremely rare employee that enjoys hunting down the ever-elusive “white whale” of data. Keep them close by your side.
As for all the other employees, cloud solutions allow them to search through data quickly and smoothly. Cloud computing makes sifting through giant piles of data and extracting what really matters so much easier. Employees save precious time and you can get a complete picture of your business data.
2) Connect virtually anywhere
The world is forever mobilized. Employees are spending less time working in cubes and offices, and more time working at the local Starbucks or sitting in bed in their footie pajamas (guilty as charged). In fact, IDC predicts the mobile workforce will surpass 105 million by 2020.
As more employees rely on smartphones and tablets to get the job done, and more businesses adopt bring your own device (BYOD) policies, cloud solutions play an instrumental role in keeping up with an increasingly mobile workforce. The cloud offers the mobility and flexibility your employees not only want, but desperately need to work effectively.
Whether your employees are traveling to a conference, working from home or even standing in line for coffee, they have direct access to the documents and information they need. They can answer business calls on-the-go, streamline communications and collaborate with coworkers. Everyone stays on the same page and productivity soars.
3) Ease growing pains
The good news: your business is expanding. The bad news: your business is expanding. While a rapid business growth shows your company is successful and bringing in new business, it also places a significant strain on your time, resources and employees.
These are just some of the signs that your business is experiencing growing pains and a cloud migration is overdue:
- Employees feel that there’s “never enough time in the day”
- Employees are constantly “putting out fires”
- Employees lack clear understanding of business goals
- Most employees feel that meetings are a waste of time
- Plans are made, but no one follows up and executes
- No one knows what anyone else is doing
- Employees believe that “I have to do it myself if I want to get it done correctly”
If your employees are working 8 hours a day, 7 days a week (or even longer) and still feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get work done, employee morale and productivity can take a nosedive. By harnessing the power of the cloud, you and your employees can immediately tap into new resources and better manage workloads.
The cloud lessens the growing pains of businesses of all sizes. It allows your business to scale up or down without advanced planning. Adding new applications or users doesn’t require a significant time and money investment in hardware or servers. You can adapt to fast-changing business and data capacity needs with lightning-quick speed, all while reducing IT costs.
By implementing a future-proof, scalable cloud solution, your company can better engage employees and get on the fast track to growth. Learn more about the cloud and how it helps you achieve the same amount of work in less time by downloading our guide 9 Ways to Improve IT Efficiency with Cloud Services below.