How Do Your End Users Fit Into Your Cloud Computing Strategy?

01/07/2016

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You’ve heard it all cost savings, scalability, on-demand storage, these are all the great benefits of cloud computing. The cloud is this mysterious thing; a white knight that can give you a leg up on your competition and push your growth initiatives forward.  But what about the people, the employees, those end users who have to utilize this technology? Have you though about how they fit into your cloud computing strategy? Lately, I’ve been thinking about what access to the cloud provides the end user and how important understanding what your end users hope to gain from the cloud means to your business.
Every business is different and what each business needs from the cloud will also vary.  Each end user and their various functions within your business can leverage the power of the cloud in a different manner. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of work being lost and projects being pushed back due to a lost file. Let’s face it, we all have or have had employees who are toeing the line on being computer illiterate.

How much time and productivity is sacrificed when they lose that file they didn’t save when a computer crashes? When utilizing a cloud-based online office suite, their work is saved every few seconds. There is also an option to revise a document in its previous state in some applications.  How would that make them feel?  Using cloud-based applications or virtual desktops includes a built-in backup and recovery you can count on. Leveraging the cloud can empower your employees to make mistakes, but ensure those mistakes don’t equate to costly downtime for your business or ruin an important customer deadline.

Millennials are super tech savvy walking encyclopedias who can google anything to solve their problems. But what about our baby boomers having to reenter the workforce after retirement? This is a fear and reality for them; they may not know as much as the millennial competition. The cloud can help them become employable in ways they never were before. End users don’t have to know how to “save’’ something, and you don’t have to spend hours teaching them how to understand file systems. In the past when hard copies of disks get damaged or hard disks crash end users would go on a treasure hunt for that one USB drive with “all the documents”. No more finger pointing because the file will never disappear from the cloud unless it has been intentionally deleted and even then, a quick call to your cloud provider should recover the deleted file.

A cloud-based file is always available, and this is a huge time saver for end users and management. Cloud virtual desktop and file server technology pretty much eliminates the endless string of emails requesting work related documents because they are in the cloud all saved in one central location that everyone can share from. Speaking of managers, this provides a way to relieve management related stress and micromanaging.  As a manager you can see the revisions or edits an employee has made and whether or not they pulled an all-nighter working on that spreadsheet they’ve submitted overtime for.

The major concerns facing businesses who are unsure about moving to the cloud is that they haven’t been able to paint their business along with their end users into the big picture. We all know the hype around the cloud but where does your business fit into that equation and how will your end users be affected by the change?

At your convenience, we provide a live on-site demo of VDI as well as an onsite audit of your current infrastructure to determine the best way forward to accomplish your goals. Give us a call at 631-224-1200 to speak with one of our business analysts.

 

 

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