by Ignacio Martinez
Today’s organizations face a new work paradigm. Workers can collaborate and communicate easier than ever before, thanks to the rise of enterprise collaboration apps. These apps can also provide unprecedented access to and shareability of data.
At the same time, these collaboration advances leave information technology (IT) and other business leaders facing increased scrutiny around data security and privacy. This, in turn, increases the focus on ensuring compliance and reducing the risks around regulatory issues.
To manage these competing forces, IT and business leaders find themselves performing a delicate balancing act: maintaining compliance and security standards, while ensuring the business is nimble enough to move forward quickly.
by Staff Writer
By the end of this year, enterprises are expected to pass the 50 percent milestone for cloud adoption, meaning that half of businesses will be using at least one cloud application, platform, or service. But this prediction also means that by 2019, the other half will still be missing out on the tremendous benefits cloud computing can offer.
The cloud refers to software and network infrastructures that are hosted in remote data centers rather than on your business’s premises or devices, accessed via the internet. The slow rate of adoption means that many businesses have yet to realize the operational improvements and efficiencies that can come from the cloud.
Words from Ian Khan, technology futurist and author of Cloud Wars, stand out: “We still have a lot of catch-up to do. Enterprises are planning the future, but many are still living in the past.” But for growth-focused organizations, he says, “there’s no other option. The future is about the cloud.”
How can moving to the cloud benefit your business? By taking a page out of Khan’s book, we’ve identified four key benefits.
by David Lotz
Everyone has heard the saying, “If only I had one more hour in the day.” Often we’re the ones saying it. Those of us with full lives know the value of an hour, and are always looking for ways to make the most of our time. Well, I’m excited to share a story with you about how I spent five minutes over the summer setting up Smartsheet automated actions and how doing so has saved me an hour each workday since.
A Manual Process Keeps Me Up At Night
by Renee Hunter
Cross-functional collaboration is not a new concept, but in today’s rapidly changing workplace – with multiple generations, a multitude of productivity apps and solutions, and skyrocketing pace of delivery – finding the key to successfully bring together different departments can feel like an uphill battle. For IT and business leaders searching for a universal technology to solve the needs of every user involved in cross-functional work, “one-app-to-solve-all-needs” ignores the reality that effective collaboration in a cloud-based world is a multi-faceted endeavor. Instead, the secret to success lies in the social elements involved in cross-functional work, and finding ways to strengthen communication by utilizing systems already in place.
by Andy Lientz
As the role of IT departments continues to evolve to keep pace with the speed of business, the path forward can seem unclear. While many organizations are undergoing digital transformations to move their systems to the cloud, others aren’t sure how to move forward.
Wherever you find yourself and your organization, here are three actions you can take now to lay a solid groundwork for the future of IT.