Adapting to the future of work with the cloud
Author: Dominik Birgelen, CEO and Co-Founder, oneclick AG
With so much happening in the world around us, many of us have overlooked the technology that has allowed us to maintain some structure to our daily lives and enabled us to seamlessly work from home. Cloud technology has been at the forefront of this and provided many of us with the ideal remote working solution, giving us the collaboration, access and security that we all need when working from home.
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 recent events. 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.
Providing seamless remote working
Technically speaking, we are talking about the combination of software, platform and infrastructure as a service, otherwise known as Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS). It allows businesses to provide a seamless remote working 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.
Additionally, with so much of the UK workforce still being encouraged to work from home, the need for efficient 2-way audio solutions has been paramount in remaining productive and able to collaborate effectively. As more companies embrace a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to enable remote working, Voice over IP tools can suffer due to low latency or compression. To counter these challenges, organisations should look to adopt a solution that ensures the transmission rates are optimised in such a way that users always receive the best quality at the lowest possible bandwidth when accessing them via the browser.
With working from home now looking more likely to be a long term solution, there is great demand for companies to provide applications for employees in the home office easily, quickly and securely without VPN connections or client installation. 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.
A single, unified workspace
In just a few quick steps, businesses can use cloud solutions to integrate all their applications and data into one single web-based workspace. While we are working 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.
By combining all corporate resources and cloud services into a digital work environment, employees’ portability and delivery of applications is standardised, even on mobile devices. If working from home does become the normal way of working, businesses can have the comfort of knowing that cloud solutions can enable their staff to work at home.
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. 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.