You are reading the blog of the most computer illiterate person in the office. I’m sure the patient guys and girls in our IT department curse me when I phone them with a problem (which usually results in being a user malfunction). So you can imagine my horror when I’m told we are being moved to the cloud. What does this mean? What sort of changes am I to expect?

Will I have to do anything differently? Not wanting to be the person that asks the pointless questions, my research began. Working from the cloud is actually only working from the internet. Instead of storing your data and programs through your hard drive, it’s all accessible through World Wide Web. This therefore makes your working possibilities endless.

The features and benefits of this service are extensive;

• Uncapped capacity - it’s effectively infinity in size

• Low maintenance and management - freeing up more of IT’s time to answer all those other pressing questions

• Flexible working - work from anywhere that you can get access to the internet therefore increasing employee productivity

• No need for complex disaster recovery programs - your cloud provider will cover all that jazz

• Software updates – A world without the message ‘please be patient whilst your computer restarts’ sounds good doesn’t it? You will still need to update the software on your PC but this is a more efficient solution

• Efficient Cost Modal – One for the boss. Most cloud services are costed on a utility based system so you only pay for what you use and usually it’s a fixed price per month per user so you generally don’t pay for updates

• Security – No I’m not talking about that dodgy link you clicked and now the system is on a go slow, I mean in the horrible circumstance that you lose your laptop, all your work will be saved to the cloud and your data can still be accessed.

So I go back to my previous questions. What does this mean? A simpler and more effective way to work. What sort of changes am I to expect? Improved working, seamless and streamlined. Will I have to do anything differently? Other than filling the voids of time you previously used to spend waiting whilst things update, no.

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