Cloud computing to drive the virtual office
About 80 per cent of employees could be working ‘outside’ their organisation by 2020 thanks to the rise of cloud computing, it has been claimed.
Intergence, an IT consultancy, said the prevalence of cloud technology will benefit mobile workers and those operating virtual offices as they can make use of software and services as and when they need them.
Dr Steven Turner, vice president of Intergence, said hooking up to the cloud means companies only need an internet connection and a web browser.
“Employees can use cloud services to share files, access business services, talk to each other or collaborate on shared documents in real time,” he said.
Cloud computing allows people to build a “geographically diverse” team that works together with all the benefits of improved productivity and better communication, it was claimed.
An example of a cloud-based tool is the popular Google Documents, which allows companies to create and manage documents online.