To work on the move in 2013 is to learn to adapt to new surroundings and challenges, to know your limitations and, if you’re willing to do the work on finding the right products and services, to overcome those limitations entirely. The cloud is proof that this progressive attitude can work if employed well. A laptop does not need to be “less” than a desktop PC any more – with the use of cloud computing and mobile internet access, you can work from multiple locations, at any time. Suddenly you won’t be worrying that you’re in another country meeting a client without a backup copy of your presentation.
It’s also worth considering that not only are you more flexible and able to retrieve your files, you’re also able to collaborate better with those who are also rarely in the same place as you. Using a handful of laptops and Verizon Wireless dongles in coffee shops in Chicago, New York and LA, a small team can collaborate on projects as easily as if they were sitting in the same office. Not only does this save time and office space, but it also means that your project files are updated the moment anyone contributes anything.
If your files are lost, cloud computing means you don’t have to worry so much. Even if your hard drive fails or worse, your computer being stolen, this is not the end of your access to your data. This is an empowering position to be in, and it begins to feel like cloud technology means progress can’t be stopped. You can lose hard drives and servers, but cloud hosting means that one’s work will endure. It’s a sound approach for business, and even for personal use it means storing photos, videos and other important data is no longer a huge worry.
It also means that your IT staff can spend their time working on some really impressive, engaging projects, rather than endlessly tweaking and maintaining data storage solutions. Cloud computing means all of the maintenance is taken care of for you, and you’ll never have to worry about upgrades, staffing servers, or having your own IT crisis team deal with things when they go wrong (as computers are wont to do). It’s a massive weight off everyone’s shoulders and it means you’ll be able to get on with what matters to you and your role.
One of the reasons people also take to working on laptops is that during the early stages of a business’ lifespan, it’s vital to keep costs down until you can do something sustainable. Housing your servers remotely and being able to pull files from them from multiple devices as you move is a powerful asset to have in the digital business age. This cloud-based versatility means you’ll be a cost effective mean machine that gets things done. Nothing is more important.
If you’re used to the cloud, then it must be quite difficult to imagine how you’d do your job without it. Sharing files, keeping everyone up-to-date – many daily tasks whose cloud-powered speed of completion we take for granted – would be a lot slower without it, and it’s never going to feel like a waste of money. Bring some “get up and go” to your work.
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Allie Cooper often talks about the latest smartphone trends, fresh tech news and developments and social media virals. Aside from blogging she is a fan of music and movies. Find her on Twitter.