How the Cloud Is Changing the Way We Work

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The paperless office is around the corner.

The cloud puts documents at your finger tips and lets you share instantly and collaborate in real time. This has in many ways eliminated the need for hard copy printouts. It's a good thing, too, because the cost of printer ink is skyrocketing. At 71 cents per milliliter, it costs more than the same amount of wine (13 cents), oil (8 cents) and even blood (40 cents). Based on those factors, printing industry revenue is expected to decrease 2.4 percent in 2014.

It is difficult in the age of technology to define "the traditional work environment." The BYOD and work-from-home era has allowed flexible work schedules to keep employees happy and allows businesses to save on overhead costs such as heating, electricity, etc. At the same time, tech startup teams are residing in church basements, and young entrepreneurs are renting desks in shared workspace buildings. No matter what people are doing and where they are working, the reality is that the typical nine-to-five schedule is dead.

Many people work when they want to, and where they want to, even if that means staying glued to a computer screen until the early hours of the morning. The hyper-professional, suit-and-tie organizations still exist – mostly in financial districts – while other folks pad around the office in jeans and flip flops. Despite all of these different workplace characteristics, and the ever evolving definitions of "work" and "career," one thing is pretty clear – technology as a whole is continuing to change how we all work, and the cloud, in particular, is the key driver in allowing us to clock in, collaborate and contribute from anywhere in the world. In this slideshow, David Block, senior vice president, Engineering, Backupify, looks at a few ways the cloud is contributing to the transformation of the modern day workspace.


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