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“Cloud” Approach to Business

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Constantly evolving technologies have in many ways changed the face of management
and made even the most complex tasks much more easy to plan and manage. Now we have
business solutions that allow creating workflow with a few clicks, software for task tracking
and time management, but one of the best things that technologies have brought into modern
business is transferring business management software to the cloud.

Nowadays it’s quite a common practice for both large and small companies to have
cloud servers where all the important data is stored, and we are going to discuss how exactly
companies can benefit from using cloud-computing.

The best way to show all the advantages of cloud-based software is to use practical
example. Let’s say, a solution for project management and task tracking. What is the main
difference between the software that is installed on the server in your company’s office and the
one that is web-based? First of all, web-based software gives managers more freedom; they
don’t have to go to the office to assign tasks and track the working processes, they can do it
by opening their internet browser, which means the projects will be under control even during
business trips. Another difference is that cloud computing provides more safety for important
documentation. Not only it protects the data from hard drive breakdowns, it also provides
different levels of access, which enable managers to protect the information more thoroughly.

Another reason to start using cloud-based software is to cut down on the IT expenses.
Without the need to maintain software business owners can save quite a lot of money. Ant it’s
not only helpful in terms of money economy, when it comes to time saving web-based systems
do great job because they are usually extremely user-friendly and don’t take a lot of time to learn
how to use them in daily tasks.

Another benefit of cloud approach to management is that web-based workflow
management software helps dealing with several projects and multiple tasks within one single
system, which is helpful for those managers who always have a lot on their plate and those
employees who work with multiple projects at the same time. Plus, collaborative features that
this software provides make it easier to communicate with clients and remote team members
without having to condone to emails, Skype sessions and rushed phone calls.

As it was mentioned, web-based systems are usually quite easy to start working with.
Plus, they might have some built-in solutions for different departments that contain ready to
use workflow template for standard tasks and activities. Some companies go even further and
besides such common solutions as hr and finance and administration software offer hazard
management software that helps dealing with health and safety hazards and eliminate them.

But what is the most important about web-based software is that it brings in perfect
visibility into every single stage of the project and allows making necessary changes in the
process before problems get serious.

Overall, cloud-based approach to running business offers a lot of benefits to those who are
willing to go with the time and embrace new technologies, and time saving and document
managing are just a few of them.

About the Author 
Hi, my name’s Jannet Sparts and I’m working as an editor of Online Issues. I write for several
blogs sharing my experience and observations. I have worked as a project manager in several
companies. So I have tried different PM tools, collaboration programs, including workflow
management software solutions. For the moment PM software is my primary field of interest.
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