In a world where so much is going remote, I share the sentiments of so many others, who have found solace in today’s technology as a way to stay connected. It’s hard to believe that being able to stream and utilize the cloud on a mass scale, as we are today, seemed like a faraway fantasy as little as five years ago.
But here we are: having 100+ person video chats, livestreaming content (and maybe your pets) to your colleagues, and staying productive no matter where we are on the map. Bottom line - we wouldn’t be here without the cloud helping us along.
For Millennials and Gen Z though, this is the technologically forward future many have been hoping for. Having grown up with the cloud network, I couldn’t be happier that we’re able to strive toward implementing more secure, private cloud systems for work and the easier exchange of information.
Plus, when it comes to cloud systems, we should keep up this momentum. In fact, studies show that 71% of Millennials make career decisions based on the degree to which an organization embraces technology and innovation. Why not invest in a cloud solution or mobile technology that can allow a business to source and connect with its colleagues from anywhere?
Others in the industry, such as Fourcast Digital Marketer, Charlotte Verbrugghe, agree:
“Through the rise of mobile technology, Millennials no longer see the office as the only place where work can be done,” she said in a recent blog post. “They’re more connected than ever, and with the right infrastructure they can be just as ‘plugged in’ whether it’s at home or in the office.”
But trust me when I say that digital transformation didn’t happen overnight for the cloud. It was a long road before people got comfortable enough to utilize it like we are today.
A Slow and Steady Launch to the Cloud
For those of us who haven’t really wrapped our heads around what ‘the cloud’ is, here’s a basic definition: The cloud is a set of servers – stored in various locations – that can be accessed remotely for the purpose of retrieving and storing information. This way, those with the right permissions to files, can view whatever documents and data they need, without having to physically go to the computer or server that created or stored the data in the first place.
Alex Raistrick of Compare the Cloud gives a great example of the cloud in practice.
“Imagine having all your data as easily available to an analytics application in the cloud, as it is to your local test/dev. team,” he said in a post on cloud computing. “This opens up a world of possibilities for CIOs to use their data to create value without the limitations of infrastructure.”
But these benefits weren’t always top of mind for Chief Information Officers (CIOs), which is understandable. For as useful as cloud computing was at the time of its inception, CIOs had to ensure security with the systems and be able to maintain control – a challenge with a cloud system (even to this day). However, many others in organizations were undeterred by this, and shadow IT cloud systems started to form.
In a recent article by ZDnet reporter Mark Samuels, he notes this change. “What started as a covert, user-led activity known as shadow IT has now become a fully blown business tactic. The purchase of IT in the digital age has been decentralized; line-of-business managers are now buying their own cloud-based services, with or without the knowledge of the CIO.”
Mark drives this point further by bringing in KPMG principal, Steve Bates. Bates believes that the future of CIO controlled technology, particularly in the cloud space, will rely on a collaboration between CIOs relinquishing some control so employees can implement systems that bring more value:
“I see the CIO of the future as a service leader – they won't build a fiefdom;” Bates says, “instead, they'll drive value and want to put IT into the hands of the people who actually create value for the business."
Building Toward the Future With Cloud Technology
All this said, let’s look towards the future. With many now starting to embrace the benefits and pitfalls of an entirely cloud-based system, we should continue to construct ways to use it for secure business continuity (and maybe for a little sanity).
According to CompTIA’s 2019 Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce study, “When it comes to the use of software applications for work-related purposes, 51% of Millennials report using online/cloud-based tools for word processing/spreadsheets compared to 33% of Boomers. Use of collaboration tools such as Slack, Dropbox etc. is higher among younger workers. Millennials are also looking for the faster implementation of new technologies and improved collaboration tools.”
At Tech Data, we want you to make the right digital transformation initiatives for your business, and invest in the expansion of your remote technology, security and cloud systems. Through our services and insights, we can help you find the best cloud systems and security protocols for your business, so you can feel comfortable on any network – whether it’s in the data center, in the cloud or anywhere in between.
Get started on your cloud journey with us today. Visit Tech Data’s Cloud page, which gives you the information you need to get your colleagues connected and building toward the future.
About the Author
Kelly Armstrong is a Copywriter for Tech Data Agency. Starting her professional technology journey in 2017 in the sales department at Tech Data, she learned about all the great things the company has to offer to help support the future of tech. Now, she uses that knowledge to help others and enthusiastically describe the latest and greatest technologies available to today’s workforce.