How the Cloud Is Changing the Way We Work

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Collaboration has never been easier.

Pre-cloud, employees worked individually on projects and then met with their team members once a week to talk about progress. As people who work in team-based office environments know, a lot can happen in a week. With the help of the cloud, live collaboration has never been easier. Employees can work on projects simultaneously and communicate in real time. This is a huge benefit for companies, and those that have embraced collaboration are 73 percent more likely to report improved sales and new customer acquisitions.

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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