Team Collaboration Experienced via the Cloud Versus On Premise

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Team collaboration, tired of hearing that term? What exactly is “team collaboration,” and why have people created careers to define and improve it?

Friday 11 - December - 2020
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We will not discuss the definition of team collaboration in this article but instead, take you through some pain points we consistently see across the board and how moving to the cloud can improve an organization’s workflow and team collaboration. 

Here are typical areas of angst we see consistently in organizations across all industries:

  1. Costly technical debt is becoming a business risk by holding back the upgrading progress
  2. The inability to ensure all employees can access the resources they need to do their jobs
  3. Inconsistent software versioning across the user population
  4. Lack of access to updated data
  5. Poor access to network resources
  6. System latency resulting in low technology adoption in geographically dispersed organizations
  7. Data integrity issues scattered through multiple platforms: Excel, SQL, MySQL, Oracle, BI, etc
  8. File sharing via email instead of cloud file share tools
  9. Shadow tools popping up by users trying to solve their needs
  10. Collaboration tools exist in the cloud, but the mindset for adoption is missing

Organizations find themselves reaching out to colleagues and trusted partners for ideas on how to fix these collaboration issues. Building a scalable solution is critical, so situations don’t repeat as the organization grows. Many technology leaders still believe in keeping critical infrastructure on-premise; however, as they explore the different cloud environments, they realize moving critical platforms to the cloud can accelerate many of the strategic initiatives they are implementing. Here is a list of functionality and benefits gained for many teams by moving to the cloud:

  1. One robust server environment with increased resource elasticity for the busy seasons
  2. Accelerated network access to a single environment
  3. No more database replication and data integrity issues due to delta syncs
  4. Reports access the same data for all users at any given time
  5. Reduction in operating costs by consolidating instances and hardware to a central location
  6. Reduction in software licensing costs
  7. Less costly disaster recovery implementation  
  8. Users can simultaneously access and update all files in a shared location without VPN requirements
  9. Superusers and champions emerge to help drive adoption in the new environment

Many are shocked that while improving the collaboration of the organization, they also save money.  

Did any of these pain points speak to you? This article only provides a small snapshot of the pain and progress we encounter, but rest assured, you are not alone!  At Baufest, we know things are never this simple, but sometimes writing down what you might gain from a transition to the cloud turns out to be more than you expect.  If you are experiencing a hurricane of growth, don’t fall victim to the eye of the storm, expecting things to blow over.   Let us help you plan your cloud migration before the winds pick back up!