If you want a clear cut example of how cloud-based infrastructures are changing the world of business for all time and for the better, look no further than the idea of telecommuting. Years ago, for an employer to give employees the ability to work from home (or any other remote location), they needed to rely on complex software to route people into certain environments. These types of configurations wouldn’t just need to be built, but also maintained in the long-run – a costly endeavor, even when you consider the significant gains in productivity they could expect to receive. Now, the cloud is changing this in a wide range of ways that have more companies jumping on the telecommuting bandwagon than ever before.
The Paradigm Shift
In today’s modern digital world, telecommuting software ties directly into cloud infrastructure much the same way anything else does. If your infrastructure is all cloud-based, all users are telecommuting – whether they’re on your property or not. In terms of productivity, the playing field is essentially level – because software is no longer hardware dependent, all users are essentially remote employees. On-site employees are now accessing the same thing that off-site employees are and geography is essentially irrelevant.
Telecommuting software is really just the way that we connect now. Gone are the pitfalls normally associated with creating those multi-sited environments or for provisioning access to different groups of people in different ways. If everything is accessed via the cloud and an Internet connection, not only is hardware no longer a concern – even a computer’s operating system doesn’t matter nearly as much as it used to. All that matters is the speed and availability of an Internet connection.
As a result, hardware-dependent companies are going to be decreasing their reliance on certain resources sooner rather than later. In a way, they can’t avoid it – in Connecticut alone, the average savings that a business can expect from making the switch from a hardware-based environment to a thin, cloud-based client are approximately $225 per PC per year. This isn’t just a one-time savings, either – this is every single year.
These types of benefits are just a byproduct (albeit an important one) of the cloud-based world in which we now live. When your telecommuting software is tied into the cloud, the only thing that is really taking up power is a computer’s monitor. Every other aspect of a hardware-based environment essentially becomes redundant in an instant, which is very much a good thing. You no longer have to invest heavily up-front in the hardware resources to maintain your environment. You no longer have to pay to manage or maintain it over time. Instead, you get an infrastructure that allows your employees to work how they want, when they want, wherever they want. This isn’t some far off fantasy, either – this is the world we’re already living in.
- In today’s cloud-based world, ALL employees are essentially telecommuting – whether they’re on-site or not.
- Telecommuting software is just the way that we connect now – the pitfalls of creating those multi-sited environments and creating access for them are basically gone.