Cloud storage has become a critical part of today’s business model. In fact, recent studies find that more than half of all enterprises consider the cloud an essential component of success—and they’re not afraid to put their money where their mouth is. Those same companies dedicate a whopping 50 percent or more of their IT budgets to the cloud. While there are many different types of cloud computing options out there, collaboration applications that provide online file storage is one of the most popular, helping to streamline the transfer of files, messages, data, attachments, notes, etc. from worker to worker, team to team.
Their overwhelming popularity is no surprise—considering that online file storage provides seamless access to popular tools used every day to create, communicate and collaborate from a PC/Mac, iOS, Android or Windows device. The benefits are many, and include:
- Managing and sharing documents—Work together in real-time across several devices and access files anytime, anywhere on the web—easily managing, uploading and sharing files, and syncing files to a PC or Mac.
- Collaborating in real-time—Easy sharing of documents with coworkers, clients and external partners, and the ability to work together using familiar apps. This also allows for co-authoring on the same file without versioning hassles.
- Hosting productive online meetings—Join or start a meeting while using video, screen sharing, recording and more to run meetings that deliver results on the device of your choice. Show attendees anything on your computer (from videos to executive presentations), as if you’re all in the same room. Most also offer access to a complete record of the entire meeting.
But what about security? With online file sharing now a hugely important weapon in a business’s arsenal, helping it to reduce admin and storage costs, while also boosting employee collaboration, flexibility and productivity, it seems there’s no going back. And whether you choose to use a service provider or to house your data within the confines of your business, there’s always risk involved.