As the world reopens, it becomes apparent that many businesses are reluctant to revert fully to pre-COVID operations.  Despite governments encouraging a return to the office, flexible working is being widely adopted. Social distancing has been reduced to 1 metre, infection rates have fallen, and a second wave is yet to present itself; yet working remotely is here to stay.

Future-proof your Business

If you’re currently planning for flexible working, you’ll want to invest in two key areas.  Cloud Infrastructure and Security to protect your organisation’s data and internal network. Should unforeseen circumstances force companies back into full remote working; you will need to ensure you can react quickly and efficiently. At least 90 per cent of companies today currently use cloud services, so little effort is required to enhance a cloud set-up.

The problem is that many companies don’t know where to start with digital transformation. They either lack the skill set to implement, or they don’t have any guidance on evolving their setup.

If you’re planning on offering more flexible working, a complete cloud-based solution with appropriate security is the answer. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the infrastructure is more important than the security.

Emphasise Security

Remote working can often mean you are working via a different server location or IP address.  This presents huge potential risks to your personal and company data. Firewalls and Cloud access security brokers can stop a data breach; while ensuring remote workers operate as securely as those in the office. Solutions like Microsoft 365 provide a full cloud-based productivity suite with integrated, enterprise-grade security features to enable businesses to work confidently in the cloud.

Once your company can execute home working safely and securely, it simplifies the opportunities for collaboration. Instead of meeting in office rooms, you can have virtual video calls via cloud-based services like Microsoft Teams.

The hardest part, however, is ensuring your staff aren’t falling behind or reluctant to embrace change. Company culture is a mixed bag; some staff embrace the opportunities that cloud-based working can offer, whilst others are highly skilled but unwilling to adapt to new working methods. A tailored cloud solution, mapped around your business, can ease the transition for a lot of your staff and offer seamless migration and user-friendliness.  CyberBITS offer Clip Training which is an excellent online learning resource to provide your staff with the latest skills.

Embrace the Cloud and give your Company a Performance Boost

Cloud solutions can also drastically speed up projects that might otherwise have required more time sacrificed in office meetings. Utilising Microsoft Teams can allow employees to collaborate, prioritise tasks and schedule focus time to ensure projects run seamlessly.

Migrating your business to a complete cloud-based solution will always invite some reluctance from your employees. That said, if you take the right steps to ensure a tailored solution that offers staff clear benefits, you’ll have peace of mind that should another pandemic arise, your staff can easily transition to home working. A hybrid solution of home and office working is the optimum option for many businesses long-term, offering flexibility and choice for employees.

Talk to CyberBITS today to understand how easy a tailored cloud solution is to implement. We can support you in developing a complete remote working solution, eradicating the need for on-premise infrastructure and improving your business’ resilience for the long-term.