With the rise of flexible working styles, bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives, and collaboration with contractors and freelancers, the demand for business IT agility is greater than ever.
Businesses need to be IT future-proof, not least to ride the wave of the digital revolution, but also to foster the evolving mindset of the modern-day professional.
Across the globe, we're seeing businesses grasping the endless opportunities that come with a digital transformation, from increased employee satsifaction, greater agility, improved productivity and easier collaboration.
More and more organisations are migrating their business applications to a cloud platform. Hosted applications are enabled by a remote cloud infrastructure. They have the same functionality as their locally installed brethren but can be accessed anywhere, from any device, simply through the web browser. What’s more, whether the user is working through a mobile device, tablet or laptop, they’ll have access to the same desktop experience.
Contractors and freelancers
According to UK research by the Office of National Statistics, self-employment increased from 3.8 million in 2008, to 4.6 million in 2015. And this number continues to grow. A thriving gig economy supports the notion that more and more employees want to be in control of their own hours, workloads and responsibilties. Businesses need to adapt, to make hiring and collaboraing with freelancers, contractors, part-time workers, and interims as seamless and consistent as possible.
With that in mind, hosted apps support a 'BYOD' initiative, Businesses are freed from the challenge of licensing, deploying and updating software on miriad devices. Furthermore, they are able to offer controlled access to a broader range of their applications to contractors and freelancers.
A globe-trotting generation
And as for the globe-trotting millennials, who took 7.4 business trips during 2016 (compared with 6.3 for baby boomers), the desire to work remotely, with access to the full suite of applications and the latest files, is no longer an amenity, but a necessity.
Thanks to hosted applications, all users need to do is login and start working, no matter the location or device. Teams can share files, access data and interact with colleagues worldwide, with no need for a tethered infrastructure and lengthy, time-demanding set-ups. Collaboration is simple, as the cloud is constantly updating to allow seamless agility no matter where an indivudal decides to work, or from what device.
Location is no longer a barrier to collaboration - particularly for larger businesses with offices and employees worldwide. But the cloud has levelled the playing field. By 'cloudifying' a business, it creates a a platform for SMEs to widen their reach and collaborate and team up with other industries, business no matter their location.
Consistent collaboration with hosted applications
Inconsistency and incoherence are robbers of productivity. When continuity is enhanced, employers can encourage a state of flow. Empowering individuals to tune in when it suits them and work off site if necessary can be important to aiding productivity. The most recent version of files are constantly available with hosted applications, and it makes storage seamless and and consistent.
There are some considerations to evaluate before deciding to migrate your business to the cloud. For example, how much do your teams rely on applications to get the job done? Are you teams wanting to collaborate more? Do they value flexible working patterns?
Migrating your local applications to a cloud platform secures a more robust IT architecture for the business, so the benefits extend beyond flexibility. If you think you could benefit from a move to hosted applications, download our ebook to learn more about what application virtualisation can do for your business.
Written by Chris Coupe
Chris is a director at RunTech. Having spent six years in business development and management, he plays an invaluable role in seeking out new opportunities and driving the company forward.