Where are you right now? Chances are – just like your colleagues and customers – you’re working in your home or other remote location. While the future of on-site office work is hazy, what’s certain is that 2020 left an indelible mark on our workforce – remote work is here to stay.
This work-from-home reality compels employers to pay closer attention to what their workers and IT staff need. Recent research tells us that employees want to feel a sense of inclusion and well-being, as well as be equipped with the tools that empower them to do their work. At the same time, IT teams need the technology that provides top cybersecurity protection from the inside out.
The cloud has the power to meet these demands and to keep us all connected. Regardless of device, cloud technology enables employees to connect and collaborate through video conferencing, collaboration software, chats, softphones, email and more – securely.
Apart, Yet Connected
When you dive deeper into the impacts of remote work you’ll find that the experts agree that working-from-home is now business as usual. The data from their studies bolsters the reality that to maintain mental and physical well-being, employees must learn to manage their time in this modern environment. Luckily, it looks like they’re willing and ready to make it work.
Eighty-two percent of managers surveyed expect to have more flexible work-from-home policies post-pandemic.1 Plus, 71% of the employees and managers reported a desire to continue working from home at least part-time.1 Focus groups express similar sentiments, and the reason is that they’ve been equipped with the cloud technology that leads to connection and cooperation, no matter where work happens.
Just take a glimpse into how tools from companies like Microsoft are enabling engagement and satisfaction.
- 90% of businesses say Microsoft Teams has created greater remote-worker engagement2
- 80% of organizations find that Teams’ accessibility features increased productivity.2
- 83% of leaders say that Teams boosted collaboration and communication.2
Stay Cyber Safe in the Cloud
While cloud technology allows employees to thrive in more flexible and collaborative remote environments, cyberattacks continue to be a thorn in the side of every IT professional. Hackers tirelessly poke systems to find weakness. If organizations aren’t prepared, their business will suffer.
Fifty-eight percent of cyberattacks target small businesses, while 62% of those businesses lack in-house skills to deal with security issues.3 The good news is that cloud technology like Microsoft 365 simplifies security with features that include countermeasures for the most vulnerable areas. It’s easy to stay protected with advanced threat protection.
Your Cloud Journey Begins Here
For cloud technology solution providers, it can be time-consuming and costly to figure out how to build a cloud business that offers customers the best value and stands out from the rest. Tech Data can help you capture this opportunity.
Whether you’re just embarking on your cloud journey or looking to maximize business value out of your existing cloud customers, Tech Data’s Cloud Practice Builder can guide you. As your customers invest more heavily in cloud products and solutions, the time to help them power a sustainable cloud practice is now.
About the Author
Ba Beatty is a copywriter for Tech Data Agency, the marketing arm of one of the tech industry’s leading organizations. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues and refining her B2B and B2C marketing, research and content creation skills. When she logs off, you can find her raising her daughters, listening to music, traveling and hanging out with friends.1. Harris Poll Survey commissioned by Microsoft on May 26-30, 2020 among 2,285 total adults ages 18+ who are currently working remotely across the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and China.
2. Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Teams
3. Underserved and underprepared: the state of SMB cyber security in 2019, Vanson Bourne for Continuum