Productivity

How Cloud Computing Can Increase Your Company's Productivity

For your business, productivity is essential to having a thriving business. You not only want your employees to be as efficient as possible, but you also need to company to turn that into sales and profit. When it comes to saving time and increasing productivity, there are many ways that you can get a better performance from your company. However, one way that is more beneficial than the others is turning to cloud computing. Below is four reasons why cloud computing can be so valuable to your business.

Versatile and Mobile

A modern-day working environment is very different from how it was a few years ago. Then, people would have to be at their desks to get their work done. It often meant long hours at the office and no flexibility. However, with cloud computing that has changed for the better. The ability to access all your files anywhere means you don't have to stay at work so late and you can even work from home if you choose. It also makes it less likely that you will forget anything when you attend a meeting because you can access it from your phone or tablet.

Productivity: Cloud’s Silver Lining?

 Grazed from CIO.  Author: Paul Gillin.

Cloud computing. You’ll come for the cost savings, but stay for the productivity payoffs.  That’s what many users are finding as they gain experience with cloud infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS).

The benefits of being able to deploy software and bring users up to speed quickly, as well as the sheer variety of productive applications that are available as low-cost SaaS services, are dwarfing the infrastructure savings that drew many IT managers toward the cloud in the first place.  Productivity can be a slippery factor to measure, but it’s important in ROI considerations. Here are some factors to examine:...

Cloud Computing: Platforms for Productivity

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

The cloud computing market has seen a huge increase in software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) adoption, two popular solutions that midsize firms utilize to achieve the business results they desire. With the right groundwork, growing firms can reach new levels of productivity.

Drivers in the Cloud

A new survey of IT professionals, reported by CloudTweaks and conducted by Gigaom Research and North Bridge Partners, cited the latest trends, including the drivers and inhibitors to cloud use. The fourth annual "Future of Cloud Computing" study revealed several trends: Almost 75 percent of firms are using SaaS, a fivefold increase; more than 50 percent of sales and marketing teams and more than 40 percent of customer service and analytics teams are adopting SaaS; and PaaS, used to prototype and develop new apps, has seen a sixfold increase with adoption at 40 percent. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is also reaching new levels of use: More than 55 percent of firms are employing IaaS to gain more flexibility...

How to mix cloud computing and DevOps to maximize productivity

Grazed from TheServerSide. Author: Jason Tee.

Over the past few years, it has become increasingly clear that DevOps represents a significant cultural shift for the programming and production sides of IT. Today, the tooling that supports this new, more enmeshed way of developing, deploying and maintaining apps is just coming into its own. However, the fact that both Dev and Ops are transitioning to the cloud adds another interesting wrinkle. What steps might help when blending DevOps with the Cloud?

#1: Use cloud-friendly tools

According to Simon Maple, the technical evangelist for ZeroTurnaround, clients have to take command—literally. The key to managing DevOps in the cloud is a command center hosted by the client to which each managed server connects directly. "For a new instance to become accessible to the command center, all it would need is an agent running on that local server...

Increase Productivity with an Integrated Mobility Manager

Grazed from CIO. Author: Christopher Janoch.

I sat next to a senior sales executive from a large cellular reseller on a plane recently, who was bitterly complaining about how mobile devices were complicating his life. He was carrying two cell phones, an iPad and a laptop—all with different applications and services—and he was struggling to access and email a document from the device he created it on to another. His struggle is a common one; studies show that more than 52 percent of information workers use three or more devices for work.

In another example from a recent client engagement, I was interviewing a remote office manager who was required by her office to carry two separate laptops—one for use in her client’s network environment (which she used for meetings, presentations, and project scheduling), and another for her company’s native environment (which she used for resource management, corporate email, and secure document access)...

Cloud Computing and Business Productivity: A Match Made in SMB Heaven

Grazed from WebRoot. Author: Tracy Mardigian-Kiles.

More and more SMBs have their heads in the clouds and for good reason. Cloud computing is changing how computer needs are fulfilled. With the onset of the cloud, essential aspects of every business like data management, content, and collaboration tools are delivered from the Internet rather than supported by locally installed software and servers.

A Match Made in SMB Heaven
For SMBs there are many compelling reasons to migrate to cloud-based applications, like the following:

  • Outsourcing the expensive burden of maintaining your own servers and software
  • Accessing data from anywhere and from any device
  • Replacing heavy IT expenditures with predictable operational expenditures...

Small and Mid-Size Businesses See Productivity in the Cloud: Surveys

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

For small to mid-size businesses, the cloud represents opportunities to level the playing field with larger companies with tremendous IT assets. Cloud computing is a natural solution for smaller businesses that can’t make the investments in rooms full of servers, development teams, and data center infrastructure.

Are SMBs jumping on the opportunity yet? Two recent surveys suggest they are embracing cloud for both end-user applications at a rapid clip. And they love the productivity potential cloud-based applications offer. But it’s still uncertain how deeply they are employing cloud solutions for more enterprisey applications.

In a survey of 323 SMBs just released by Spiceworks, a social business site, and sponsored by storage management vendor EMC, 62% report they are using some type of cloud application, up from 48% at the beginning of the year and 28% a year ago. Most of this growth is coming in online file-sharing services (such as Dropbox), but haven’t moved into online productivity offerings in a big way just yet...