Cloud collaboration has been getting the attention of businesses in the recent period. This is due to the potential seen in making collaborative work a lot easier and convenient for participants. How exactly does that work?
Cloud computing is a service provided by computers and other devices for the purpose of sharing resources, software, and information. In essence, all these are stored in a “cloud” as the services rendered by the provider are not readily seen. Instead of companies maintaining a physical storage space for such purpose, all its important data are stored in a main frame computer maintained by the provider. Services are offered to the public over a network. Cloud collaboration can be considered an offshoot of this service.
Since the technology and service is already there, it didn’t take long for people to see the potential of cloud computing as a way to collaborate or work together even when physically apart. This option has effectively addressed concerns about the limitations in having the need for members from different locations to work together. Bringing them together under one roof is not always an available option especially for people who need to be where they are to contribute.
Advantages of Cloud Collaboration for Businesses
1. No Need to Require All Team Members to Be in One Place
With the global style of doing business today, there are very few companies who do not have employees or associates located in another place. Cloud collaboration makes it possible for team members to access,contribute,and modify the project at their convenience, wherever they are. This all happens in real time.
2. Cloud Collaboration is Cost Effective Compared to Physical Travel
It is generally more costly for businesses to send people to another place than hiring someone from that place to do the job. This is highly relevant to project-based hiring where there is no intention for long-term use of a person’s services. A regular employee can also be sent to the designated place and can stay there while doing his/her work. This saves cost in repeated travel.
3. Interaction is Immediate
Cloud collaboration can also address the usual problems of team members waiting on one another. Discussions and document sharing can happen as often as they are necessary. It must not be forgotten that cloud collaboration is as effective for internal communication as it is for external.