Most people respond to change by trying to control it. Companies must follow along the same lines – holding on to whatever they have whenever a big change hits their organization. However, simply trying to sit down and weather technological progress is usually a bad idea. Just ask Kodak or Blockbuster – sometimes a change in the environment renders an old business model untenable. The world of industry is undergoing a rapid change from working with locally stored data to cloud based services. While this change is easier to ignore for organizations because it doesn't create a lot of external changes, the internal ones are even more important to ensuring the longevity of a business.

Companies moving to the cloud have two options presented to them. They can either proceed with their migration while trying to preserver their old workflow and use the cloud to simply enhance old ways of working, or they can embrace the opportunity for greater information sharing and transparency within their business. Utilizing cloud infrastructure to share information more quickly within an organization, or to collaboratively work on documents simultaneously with others, can let a group operate exponentially faster when compared to old ways. Or, businesses can instead choose to treat the cloud as slightly better email. The problem here is that the second group will always lose to the first group. When presented with unlimited flexibility and agility by the cloud, companies should work as hard as they can to take advantage of their new opportunities. 

Business in the cloud is about adapting to new advancements
Companies that are interested in making the most of their current shift to cloud computing can use the technology in a variety of ways. Working in tighter-knit, more collaborative groups is one way to allow the cloud to assist workflow. Another is to allow employees to work in a more mobile fashion, letting everyone stay in touch while not chaining them to their desks. This can be important in any field that involves a lot of face-to-face visits. Salespeople and managers that have to conduct meetings with other organizations can be greatly assisted by keeping data in the cloud, allowing them to get the most up-to-date figures on pricing and other business stats no matter where they are. 

Moving to the cloud can also be an opportunity for an organization to expand its hiring policies. Companies that previously could not have remote workers may now find that they are able to have a few experts that dial in to work, rather than live by the office. With the ability to hire people from any part of the country, organizations can afford to look for specialists that might otherwise be prohibitively expensive. But, since the price of living varies so much, an organization could hire someone who has put down roots in another part of the U.S. while being able to utilize their expertise. The cloud connects workers to each other in ways that make this kind of always-on remote connection easy for the company to maintain. Investing in cloud infrastructure during this time is important for making sure that this change goes smoothly, according to Computer Weekly.

When implementing new cloud based services, the most important factor to keep in mind, IT experts agree, is reliability, according to Network Computing. Businesses that take advantage of the unique opportunities afforded to them by the cloud necessarily must be able to rely on it in order to function. The cloud simply makes business faster. By ensuring that the cloud is reliable and stable, an organization can reliably outperform those that have not made the transition.