COVID-19’s Impact on Cloud-Based Collaboration Tools, Into a New Era?

03 | 18 | 2020
covid-19 impact on cloud-based collaboration tools

COVID-19’s Impact on Cloud-Based Collaboration Tools, Into a New Era?

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is forcing numerous companies to review their IT strategies as a top priority. Many organizations emphasize the importance of having the right cloud-based collaboration tool allowing employees to work remotely to limit the impact on productivity.

No doubt, there will be a “before-and-after” analysis on how COVID-19 changed the way companies leverage telecommuting and collaboration tools in their operations.


Companies cannot escape cloud-based collaboration tools anymore

Despite the fact that telecommuting has more than doubled in the past decade, nearly 44% of global companies still don’t allow remote work.

According to the Owl Labs, 16% of global companies are fully remote. 40% of them are hybrid, and 52% of employees around the world work from home at least once per week.

The majority of companies still run on-premise server hardware, and not just for backup purposes. Even though the cloud is now mature, and despite the end of support threat, IT decision-makers still choose on-premises solutions to control security, which is not the most trustworthy approach.
By relying on cloud-based solutions, you benefit from the technical expertise of thousands of developers and IT professionals. Likewise, you don’t have to spend resources securing your environment and developing and updating tailored applications and bridges to maintain your infrastructure.

By the end of 2020 the percentage of remote workforce globally will undoubtedly break a new record.


Benefits of cloud-based collaboration tools

Cloud-based collaboration tools help businesses of any size achieve better results. Besides similar access, users can reproduce many of the same tasks remotely like hold meetings, group collaboration, and real-time communication.

The list of benefits of cloud computing include simplified deployment and maintenance, 24/7 global accessibility, shared files and presentations automatically synced and available, increased mobility, and more.

Google Suite, Lotus, Slack, Microsoft Office 365, there are plenty of solutions for maximizing collaboration between employees. Office 365 and GSuite offer a complete package with content creation tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint – G. Docs, G. Sheets, G. Slides), store and share solutions (OneDrive – G. Drive), enterprise collaboration (SharePoint – G. Sites), asynchronous communication (Outlook – Gmail), and real-time communication (Teams – Hangouts).

The IT team must choose the right tool for your company, depending on your needs and objectives. It is not an exaggeration to say that collaboration tools are essential to maintain business continuity during an outbreak like COVID-19.


Communication and collaboration best practices

Working in the same place we live is challenging and requires some new practices. At Cloudiway, we recommend these “6 Remote Working Tips for Continued Productivity“.

Working remotely, you will rely on technology more to collaborate, communicate, and engage with colleagues. To learn how to maximize these technologies, collaborative tools providers offer tutorials online, videos, and admin guides at your disposal.


When telecommuting is the new norm

COVID-19 presents a challenge to IT Professionals to maintain efficiency and productivity of thousands of companies. Eventually, the need to work remotely due to coronavirus will come to an end. However, this experience will provide many with an awareness of the beneficial aspects of cloud-based collaboration tools.

We may enter into a new era where telecommuting will be the norm, reducing traffic-related air pollution, improving confidence between companies and their employees, and offering more flexibility for everyone.

With over 10 years of experience, Cloudiway has built a strong network of partners and customers all around the world. This network of MSPs, CSPs, and IT Professionals assist companies in their migration from different tenants and collaboration tools to the cloud.

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