Building a Future-Proof Digital Workplace

Now more than ever, getting ready for the digital workplace is a vital task for many businesses across the world.

Moving data to the cloud can be a cause for concern for many organizations with challenges around security, speed and business continuity. Once these concerns have been addressed, the next focus for organizations is making sense of their new surroundings and ensuring that the organization gets the most out of the cloud space.

Moving to a cloud-based digital workplace is a great opportunity for organizations to update their IT administration processes.

Here are some of the things that you need to think about in order to make sure your organization makes the most of its digital workplace.

Keeping agile

Cloud's dirty little secret is that vendors don’t want you to leave them. They want to lock you into them for as long as possible, and you can’t blame them, it's good business sense!

However, the person responsible for the company's digital workplace needs to think about how the organization would handle a sudden price increase or sudden change in the organization’s strategic direction. They need to think about where all the data is stored, and how the organization would manage if they were moving to another provider.

Luckily, cloud-to-cloud migration is simple and available, it’s all in the planning.

Automation

Managing the process of staff moving in, out and around an organization can take up a lot of time and resources.

Setting up the right access for new users isn’t always easy, but working in the cloud provides an opportunity to automate previously lengthy IT admin processes. Set up workflows for permissions, policies and processes. Freeing your staff to focus on the important things.

Remote functionality and automation will also allow organisations to seamlessly onboard and offboard their users remotely.

Ongoing license costs

Keeping track of active licenses, reallocating and keeping on top of license churn can become a timely job. It can also quickly become a mounting cost.

As mentioned earlier, automation is one of the key benefits of the digital workplace. Using workflows to automatically run an offboarding procedure on exitting user’s’ accounts will avoid the build up of old users taking up valuable licenses. Driving down mounting costs and reducing administrative time.

Help and support when moving to the digital workplace

No matter what size your business is, or how many of your IT staff may be using your chosen cloud management platform, it’s important to make sure you are utilizing all of the features the product offers so that you get the most from the cloud to work towards business efficiency. You should always consider what support is available when looking into a cloud cloud management tool, especially when dealing with sensitive company data. Technology is forever developing and there will always be new and more agile ways to do things. Part of future proofing your system is considering the support you will need as products develop, and making sure your staff are trained to deal with this.

- Do you research and ask questions and consider scenarios you are likely to face in the future;
- What support will my team need on an ongoing basis?
- Will this support suit my specific business needs?
- Is this support ongoing, or will it be capped?
- Are there different levels of support available for me to choose from?

The last thing you need is a complicated tool that you can’t use, without dedicated support there to walk you through it.

CloudM Manage can help to alleviate your cloud concerns. With connectors from 30 source platforms, and multiple destinations including G Suite and Microsoft Office 365. You can be sure that you can move around the cloud space with ease, avoiding vendor lock-in. CloudM have a committed technical support team with custom support packages available to suit your specific business needs, as well as unlimited basic support including access to a dedicated knowledge base, as well as being able to log unlimited support tickets.

CloudM Manage can help you keep on top of your Office 365 or G Suite user licenses in the long run too. Manage your leavers with smart offboarding workflows that can migrate the user data to another user or cloud storage automatically. Freeing up your licences for new starters and reducing running costs.

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