In its short 30-year history, the internet has transformed all facets of modern life – from how we work to how we communicate and watch media. Today’s internet has grown to become the greatest library in human history yet also serves as a vital tool for connecting individuals and businesses in a virtual ether, giving rise to previously unimaginable sales and marketing possibilities.
However, while the web is undoubtedly a fantastic vehicle for reaching out to and connecting with clients, it could be argued its potential impact on business operations has only come to light in recent years. Sure, software like Microsoft’s (at the time) groundbreaking Windows OS and Office suite helped promote the computer revolution in the workplace, but, really, it’s only been over the last decade or so that web tech, apps, and connected devices have started to make their mark.
The coronavirus effect on mobile computing in the workplace
The recent coronavirus pandemic served to demonstrate just how much firms have come to rely on their digital resources – yet also amply showed just how few realized it. Almost without exception, those companies that had failed to digitalize their business model were left floundering when the virus hit – while more prepared firms were in a far better position to transform to a new reality of lockdowns and isolation measures.
How cloud tech stepped up
In particular, COVID-19 showed just how much companies could benefit from cloud technologies as workers were forced to move out of the traditional office space and migrated to working from home. As the New Normal took hold, companies turned increasingly to remote networking to stay operable.
The mobile revolution is here to stay
While we all hope the worst of the virus is now behind us, most industry analysts now suggest workers of the future will expect at least some level of flexibility in terms of how much time they spend physically in the workplace. In turn, most experts suggest cloud tech will become ever more vital for companies hoping to survive (or even thrive) in the inevitable economic fallout of and societal ramifications caused by COVID-19 that are yet to come.
The considerable advantages afforded by mobile computing and the cloud
If you’re one of the many firms that are still sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to outsource your digital resources to a third-party cloud service provider, below are just a few compelling reasons that might help tip the balance:
The cloud offers security: Cybercrime is a real and present danger facing all companies in all sectors. Partnering with a cloud provider, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have 24/7/365 backup support and security. Of course, it does no harm to stay abreast of current threats or trends by watching Google Cloud training videos – but this would be an optional extra rather than a requirement if you have a provider looking after your data.
The cloud makes sense financially: Setting up, running, and maintaining internal networks is a drain on both time and resources. However, using a cloud company, you can offset these costs and responsibilities to your provider.
The cloud is scalable: Perhaps the important aspect of cloud tech is its awesome scalability. At just the flick of a switch or a short call to your support desk, you can upgrade or downgrade services to adapt to changing market conditions and stay one step ahead of your rivals.