Smart businesses know geography shouldn’t stand in the way of building the strongest team with the best talent. The cloud has allowed us to break free of the chains of local hiring and costly relocations. Your globally dispersed team can have the ability to work together, in real-time, on current documents and data. However, in the absence of a solid architecture and process, these distributed workers will choose to apply their own apps and solutions, called Shadow IT, potentially opening up access to your valuable business information. The key to prevention is a well-designed cloud strategy. Here are four features you should consider for yours.
By defining the apps that the entire team should use, and integrating them to work together, you will be able to allow your team to communicate productively, while maintaining your data security. There are apps for large group messaging that can keep your whole organization sharing ideas. Face-to-face meetings can be executed simple via video conference.
Keeping your data locked in an ivory tower may provide a good barrier to security threats, but it also provides a barrier to spontaneous innovation. Keeping your data available to authorized users allows your team to work when they need to. Edited content can be updated in real-time, allowing the more recent version to be the only version.
Enabling your workforce with mobile access is a great productivity driver. However, each smartphone and tablet creates a window into your organizations data. Create mobile device management policies with settings that can help control access to your organization’s email and documents for supported mobile devices and apps. If a device is lost or stolen, you can remotely wipe the device to remove sensitive organizational information. You can also block files from being sent to outsiders or unauthorized employees.
Smooth migration and rollout play a major role in the successful adoption of technology. In order to provide that, you need to bring a cloud solution consultant with the expertise to know what apps your business needs and what providers are the right fit.
Corporate Technologies Group is vendor-agnostic. We have strategic partnerships with over 140 different Cloud, VoIP, and WAN network service providers. We support clients from network design to implementation, post-installation support and remediation. We can ensure your infrastructure is built to suit your business needs now and into the future.