AJ Thompson, CCO at Northdoor plc
11th May 2020
In many ways, the situation that we now all find ourselves has pushed technology to the forefront like never before. Those unaccustomed to using tech in the workplace across a variety of sectors have had no choice but to learn and adapt and, in many cases, this has led to businesses becoming more efficient.
Businesses are developing new best practices to work remotely, and it is highly likely that these will remain in place for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, we can expect a more agile way of working and communicating with colleagues; meetings are now virtual and emails are now instant messages.
Cloud adoption is a key aspect of this. Like any new shift, the acceleration to cloud adoption is not just as a technological one, but also a shift in terms of a businesses’ operating model as companies recognised the gaps in their current working environments.
Northdoor has been working hard to engage our customers across the board to support them through this transition driven by remote working via cloud migration. With Microsoft Teams and Zoom usage surging, we are helping organisations to operate a cloud-native manner meaning that we have helped them to switch to remote working seamlessly in order for them deliver 100% of their services.
Leading a virtual team and adapting to new working practices is a challenge for many businesses as they adapt to a remote way of operating. Being able to see your colleagues via video conferencing is incredibly important to the way in which a business is run. It keeps the team focused on business goals and objectives and what needs to be achieved in terms of output. It also helps to engender trust amongst colleagues and helps to maintain a sense of structure.
Necessity is the mother of invention and the reality of remote working has meant that businesses have been forced to change their processes and they look at IT and applications.
Cloud enables executives to access real-time business data and information for their companies from anywhere in the world. Without cloud businesses would have a tricky time sharing, co-editing and retrieving documents securely with colleagues in their locality, let alone around the world, with even short distances posing a collaboration headache for co-workers.
Businesses have had to move quickly to adapt but adopting cloud principles simply to stay operational. However, in the coming weeks and months business continuity will be central to every organisation’s IT strategy and it is highly likely that we will continue to a rise in continuity-driven trends. With many teams working off-premises or businesses only focusing business continuity on one team rather than their entire estate, cloud is vital to ensuring business continuity is retained.
Cloud allows for flexible and scalable and faster deployments with centralised and a secure cloud platform allows companies to move traffic to wherever they need it to go. This means that costs can be kept low and workers can keep working. During this unprecedented time, cloud enables businesses to remain strategic, build scale and refine their offering ensuring that they remain in control
The move away from on-premise working to cloud working was always inevitable and the move to remote working has only accelerated this change. The shift to public cloud and cloud native that was likely to take decades may now only take a few years, and Northdoor will be there to support our customers through this transition to ensure that they maintain a leading-edge in their sector.