Summer’s here! The schools have broken up, the sun is shining, and holidays are booked. Now I don’t want to be a killjoy, but how does that affect your business?
It might not affect it at all, but for many businesses, especially small businesses, losing key members of staff for days or weeks over the summer can have an impact. And for some senior members of the team, being away from the office can become an inconvenience – no matter how much we need the break. Sometimes, you’d prefer to just be kept in the loop while you’re away. Be able to keep on top of your email inbox and handle any major issues or enquiries that may crop up whiles you’re away.
So what if we told you that all of that is possible? That you could check your emails in China. Make business-line phone calls in Malaga. Approve proposals in Portugal… All possible, with cloud computing.
Office 365 from Microsoft is a cloud computing solution that starts from as little as £3.30 per user per month. It gives you business class email, document storage and sharing, online conferencing, Office Web Apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote – all available from any location with an internet connection, and on any device. So all you need, is the hotel WiFi password and your iPad. And it really does work that simply. Check out this blog post about how our technical director Graham got on during a trip to South Africa.
And if you take cloud a step further, and switch your business to a VoIP telephony system, then you have just as much flexibility with your phones. VoIP routes all of your business phone calls via the internet, which means you can make and receive calls over the internet from wherever you are. Simply plug your telephone handset or headset into your laptop, connect to the internet and make and receive calls on your main business line, using your regular office telephone number. People can even transfer calls to your regular extension number, just as they would if you were in the office.
What are you thinking? This is all too much? I’m meant to be on holiday! Sure, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the option? Wouldn’t the mobility that cloud computing brings, give you the flexibility to take more holidays, knowing you can stay in the loop at work? Think about all those business trips, meetings and conferences that leave you working ’til midnight to catch up with what you’ve missed during the day…
Food for thought.
Maybe, a bit of cloud on your summer holiday wouldn’t be that bad after all?