It’s not very long ago that the idea of working from home with the level of ease that most of us are now experiencing would have seemed virtually impossible. In fact, with all the uncertainty and change that we have gone through in such a short period of time, it isn't surprising that we have taken for granted upcoming technology that integrates to provide us with the ideal remote working solution.
The development of cloud technology that allows us to work anywhere, just like in the office, has changed the way we work, and nothing has illustrated this more than the current COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to cloud-based solutions, we can use a private, or personal device, and have the same access to our work as if we were in the office, both productively and securely. From the company's point of view, the fact that using the cloud reduces today's IT costs by up to 70% is extremely impressive.
Enabling remote working
Technically speaking, we are talking about the combination of software, platform and infrastructure as a service, and the new term Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) is quickly becoming established. It allows businesses to provide a seamless process for their employees. As a result, they can access any on-premise and cloud environments behind a single web portal. XaaS has been extremely beneficial for workers during the pandemic as it has simplified the task of working from home.
The basis for companies to provide applications for employees in the home office easily, quickly and securely without VPN connections or client installation is the latest streaming technologies, which everyone knows from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and others. Any size companies with varied application environments can implement this quickly within their current or new IT setup. Employees can securely log into their individualised workspace in a browser of any device and continue to work normally.
Creating a unified workplace
In just a few quick steps, businesses can use cloud solutions to integrate all their applications and data into one single web-based workspace. Even whilst we are encouraged to work from home, this technology can enable us to access any applications hosted on-premise or in the cloud, as well as internal and external web applications. What’s more, new cloud resources can also be created and managed in a cloud provider’s data center, quickly and on-demand, without going through elaborated projects.
Through combining all corporate resources and cloud services into a digital work environment, employees’ portability and delivery of applications is standardised, even on mobile devices. There has been a lot of discussion around remote working being the ‘new normal’ once this crisis is over. If this were to be the case, businesses can have the comfort knowing that cloud solutions which can enable their staff to work from home, can also be used when we are allowed to venture out and work outside of our homes but away from the office and work remote.
With the services we now have access to, the possibilities are endless. The dust around working from home has settled and that this will be more a long-term solution. Using cloud-based platforms, we can seamlessly go about our daily tasks from everywhere with any terminal device. However, given that we could well be in this for the long-haul, such solutions can also see us thrive. With the ease that cloud technology provides us, businesses are able to keep a competitive edge and continue to grow at radically lower costs.