Ways that Cloud Computing is Changing the Workplace

By March 2, 2012Blog

Cloud computing gives both employers and employees flexibility and freedom. Many believe that it is changing the 9-5 mentality of working a full-time job. Here are some ways that the cloud can (and is!) changing what and where we consider “work.”

Telecommuting

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Many employees now work from home because they can log onto the cloud to complete tasks remotely. Think about it: all of your files can be accessed anywhere in the world on a computer (or mobile device!) with internet service. Also, I can’t forget to mention that everything is secure and accessed only by you or other employees in the company.

 

 

“Grocery Store” Mentality 

I’m borrowing this analogy from this Forbes article, “How Cloud Computing is Changing Job Descriptions”, because I think it makes a lot of sense. Greg Sheilds of Concentrated Technology says;

“You don’t grow your own food. You don’t raise your own cows anymore for meat. You go to the grocery store because somebody’s figured out that I can create this experience that is the grocery store, and I can do it at a lower cost, both in time and in dollar cost.”

So basically, instead of having to cultivate everything on your own system, the cloud acts as a “grocery store” where you can have everything stored off somewhere in borrowed space that can be accessed whenever you want. That way, you save time, money and resources.

Cloud Collaboration

 

 

 

Working on a project with someone? You  collaborate in real-time to edit the document together. All the edits and earlier drafts can be saved as a virtual paper-trail. This is obviously great for employees that telecommute, but can also serve well for vendors, consultant and/or clients that are drafting proposals.

 

 

Because of the cloud, communication is easier and more global than ever and there are only three examples of that. Can you think of any more ways that cloud computing is changing the way we work? What are some of your favorite advantages of being on the cloud?