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Accelerating Your Workflow with the Cloud

By Amisha Shah | Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
As we look to the road ahead and life post pandemic, now is a good time for Heads of IT, the C-Suite and key decision makers alike to assess any gaps in their infrastructure and act on them.

Firms thinking about modernising their IT stance to be better prepared for future crisis management are encouraged to begin by considering their standing when it comes to the cloud. 

The use of the cloud is widespread today, but as with hesitations that arise with every change, there are still some businesses cases for a more traditional, on-premise infrastructure. To help firms take the leap to a more efficient, resilient, and scalable way of working, today’s blog will explore the top three ways in which you can accelerate your workflow with the cloud.

Optimised Organisational Resilience 

One thing we have learnt this year is that we must be futureproof to adapt in uncertain times and to face unprecedented events. When the global pandemic hit, switching to a completely remote working model (almost overnight) proved a challenge for many firms worldwide when the government requirements around social distancing became stringent. 

Firms that have already taken the leap to cloud will tell you how whilst like everyone, there were initial teething problems when moving their entire workforce to a virtual office (shipping hardware out to employees etc.), having a cloud infrastructure model already in place meant they were able to switch with ease, overall. With emails, applications, files, and folders hosted securely in the cloud, firms could continue to run their daily operations from any location, at any time. The cloud model not only supports remote working in times of crises but also the working patterns of the modern world, where often access to company assets and files are required by employees on the go.

Flexibility and Scalability to Support Business Growth

Cloud technology has had a great impact on the investment sector and life science sector. Today, both small and large sized firms can leverage the rapidly evolving advanced cloud technology instead of paying large amounts upfront for infrastructure they might not make full use of. Through the cloud, firms of all sizes have direct connectivity to business-critical applications and tools delivered by trusted third-party specialists such as Microsoft and Avaya. The cloud infrastructure model also seamlessly enables to support the widespread Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), providing extra flexibility to its investment and biotech professionals. 

Equally supportive of business expansion, the cloud is highly recommended to businesses with workforce in global offices, or, looking to expand to new locations and accommodate further users. A traditional infrastructure model would require continuous purchase of IT equipment as your firm grows, and you may be bound by a slower turnaround time.

Scalability is another benefit that might appeal to investment firms and biotech companies on the fence about the cloud, with the ability to implement an upscale or downscale to their IT easily, and without the costs associated with changing tangible infrastructure. Increased cost efficiencies with the cloud frees up funds for firms to spend on other important areas such as security tools.  

Boost Connectivity and Collaboration

Cloud based collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive are helping businesses to boost connectivity, collaboration, and thus overall efficiency as an entity. Whether in the office or working remote, employees can can hold meetings via seamless video/audio telephony capabilities, as well as work together on shared documents (which are auto synced for continuity), and exchange live messages through a reliable connection facilitated by the cloud. We’ve explored the benefits and features of Microsoft’s three collaborative tools in a separate article you might like to reference.
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