Now let me begin this by admitting that telecommuting is nothing new. Companies have been employing this strategy for years and its proven its value time and again. But many companies that could leverage this strategy to their benefit don’t and I think the cloud can play a role here in making it so uber-easy that it becomes a fait accompli, aka, done deal.
With the cloud your network resides on a super computer that’s been programmed to have your virtualized server and all of your data securely kept there. It doesn’t leave the cloud. You access it and view it and manipulate it via a virtualized desktop so it really doesn’t matter where you are when you access it, does it? Airport, vacation, home; it’s all the same.
So now you’re free to let those employees who can work from home do it. And you can also hybrid the arrangement so they’re in the office once or twice per week for meetings or whatever. But the key thing here is that you control access to your network. You’re free to allow network access to remote offices, branches, home-based employees, etc.
And while the cloud delivers tremendous advantages for those desiring a telecommute program let’s not overlook the ancillary benefits that will accrue to you, the business owner and operator. Once installed, a cloud network is self-upgrading. Your server moves to the cloud and so the old box that used to house your network can go bye-bye.
Those PC’s your twenty employees use can be replaced by cloud access devices which are about the size of old fashioned VCR tapes. These have no moving parts, last for a decade and use about one-tenth the electricity of a PC. That server is gone, right? And so’s the $25 per month it took in electricity and cooling to keep it running.
So your PC’s are gone but anyone with a password can access your network from anywhere using the cloud access device at the office, or a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone from anywhere. Now you really do have the virtual office and it’s accessible from virtually anywhere.
Now, I mentioned that your cloud network’s self-upgrading, right? And while the old hardware network could be upgraded, too, all of the cloud improvements happen out of sight and out of mind for you. The vendor handles all of the Windows licensing issues, that’s just part of the package. So all of the upgrades, the patches, the backups, the firewall maintenance, it’s all done by them.
So this new telecommuting friendly network of yours is really kind of the invisible network. It’s there in the cloud for you to access, not in your office where it spews CO2 (cloud networks cut this brain numbing gas by 77%), takes electricity and has problems requiring IT visits. That’s all history.
So change is good and for many employees working from home, even part of the time, is great. And it all happens when you decide to explore this thing called the cloud. Smart move.