Total Cloud: A Virtual Dream to A Virtual Reality

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Small- to mid-sized business owners enjoying rapid growth face a challenge—how to scale their organizations rapidly without incurring dramatic cost increases to overhead.

One way to meet this challenge is to establish a virtual workforce with a cloud based environment.  With this kind of platform, employees, many of whom might be located across the country, or even around the world, can work from wherever they wish. This eliminates the need for you to lease more office space and constantly move into larger offices as your business grows. A virtual workforce can reduce other costs and could even increase productivity by keeping your overhead expenses low and employees happy.

A sales team and field service team probably already work largely on a remote basis. Hiring other types of employees to extend your virtual team opens up the possibility for hiring more experienced and talented individuals. What’s more, employees are rapidly choosing to work virtually if they can, leading to a direct quality of life increase for employees, and this makes retention of quality people easy.

Some managers think that, in regards to productivity, they can’t measure what they can’t see, but most teams are already collaborating virtually, when using email or instant messaging platforms; they might be in the office next door or in another city. The technology for virtual cooperative work has existed for quite some time. Still, it takes effort to make virtual connections work. It is absolutely critical to promote and foster quality virtual interaction so that no employee is an island. This is a common challenge when organizations move to a virtual workspace, but one that can be addressed with thoughtful engagement during the migration from physical to virtual.

Another key component to a virtual workspace is a consistent environment. An environment that is identical to a physical workstation is preferred, with as little deviation as possible from a traditional PC workstation. A bring-your-own-device policy, with the appropriate cloud infrastructure, is a great way to achieve parity, as each employee is able to customize their work experience to a degree, and maintain a level of comfort and familiarity with their equipment. Windows PCs, MacBooks, tablets or even smartphones – however an employee works best, a virtual workspace can be adjusted to fit their needs.

BYOD, as bring-your-own-device is also known, can reduce overhead, as system requirements are significantly lowered with a virtual desktop and some employees may even agree to purchase their own workstation hardware, if they absolutely need features that are not necessarily provided beyond a baseline minimum requirement.

Cost savings, overhead reductions, consistent uptime and increased employee happiness are just a few of the benefits of going to a virtual workstation environment. Reach out to us today for an assessment of your IT to elevate to the Total Cloud today!

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