Do we really need a network at work? I asked myself that question again recently and the answer is much closer to “no” than it used to be. With the proliferation of cloud services it is becoming ever easier to be productive from anywhere.
Once your computer has been provisioned for the cloud and all of the services set up (seamlessly and without your assistance) you would open the SharePoint icon to begin your work for the day. You would view the previous day or week of activity of people on your team, review the most recent all-hands address from the CEO, fill out online HR documents to sign up for your benefits, digitally sign your electronic deposit salary form and choose the best health insurance and IRA plans.
The Cloud is Here. Love it.
Here’s a list of several technologies I mention above and some others as well. For each I show the old way and the cloud way. Please feel free to add your own comments about how the cloud will change how we work.
|Feature / Product||The Old Way||In the Cloud|
|Antispam||Messaging Gateway Protection||Hosted E-mail Security Services Acting as Secondary Delivery Points (Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange)|
|Antivirus||Server and Client Applications||Endpoint Protection with Malware and Spyware Protection,|
|Back up and Disaster Recovery||Tapes, Optical Media, Hard Drives, Backup Apps||Hybrid and Tiered Storage with Cloud Archives|
|Device Management||Group Policy & System Center Configuration Manager||Windows Intune|
|Identify Management||Active Directory||Azure Active Directory|
|Document Collaboration||E-mail and Server File Shares||SharePoint Online and Lync Online|
|Electronic Communication||Exchange E-mail Server||Office 365 Exchange Online|
|File Sharing||Windows Server NTFS File Shares||SharePoint Online & SkyDrive Pro|
|Instant Messging and Presence||ICQ, MSN / AOL / Yahoo Messengers, Google Talk||Lync Online with Public Federation|
|Meetings and Conferencing||Physical Conference Rooms & WebEx||Lync Online Video and Audio Conferences with an Integrated Conference Bridge|
|Mobile Communication||Work Pager or Cell Phone||Bring Your Own Device, mobile VoIP client (like Lync w/Jajah)|
|Placing Phone Calls||Phone Systems, Copper Cables, Wired Handsets||VoIP Phone Systems and Computers with Headsets and VoIP Clients (like Lync w/Jajah)|
|Document Management||File Cabinets, File Sharing, Scanner Applications||SharePoint Online|
|Office Applications (word processing, spreadsheets, accounting or ERP)||Local or client/server Installation via EXE or MSI Files||Streaming Office On Demand, Click To Run, Web Clients, RDP to Hosted Apps|
|Printing & Faxing||Paper & Snail Mail or Printed Faxes||PDF, Scanning and Electronic Delivery|