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HOW CLOUD COMPUTING IS CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK

f you were a fan of Star Trek or other science fiction shows, you’ve probably noticed that the futuristic gadgets that seemed ages away are all around us now. As Len Andrusiak, VP Business Development of 365 Technologies Inc. puts it, “Technology is like a runaway train.” From touch screen technology to Apple’s FaceTime and virtual reality in the form of Google Glass, the advancements we’ve made in the last five years alone are stunning. As a business owner who’s mildly obsessed with matters of this nature, it’s become quite clear to me that the way we work and do business is going through a transformation. “New hardware, software, apps, gadgets and communication tools are developed in response to overcoming real or perceived challenges,” explains Christine Dubyts of Dubyts Communications. “Many new technologies allow us to be more productive, communicate more effectively and harness a competitive advantage, even if it’s only for a short time, until the next best thing is released.” Wireless Internet and Cloud Computing have essentially changed how businesses operate. The Cloud allows us to access and share data from anywhere with Internet access. Combined with Wireless Internet,

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the Cloud enables employees to work from any device at any time from any place. With this shift, your job is now defined by what you do, not where you do it. For many businesses, the need for massive office space is now a thing of the past. Hot Desking – flexible office setups with shared workstations – allows people to work freely and come and go as they wish. The result is lower overhead, greater collaboration as people are freed from their cubes and, for many people, a greater overall work experience dictated by their own style and preferences. Business owners also gain new levels of freedom as they no longer need to hire the best nine-to-five employee within a onehour commute – they can simply hire the best employee, period. This is a huge deal for large employers who can now access a much larger candidate pool. With employees spread across the city, country and even world, the ability to collaborate and build relationships remotely is more important than ever. In fact, there are now countless tools and apps for this purpose alone. Starbucks is the new cubicle. The World Wide Web is the new conference room. Skype and FaceTime help people videoconference, share screens and compare

notes from any computer, tablet or even smartphone. Of course, as our needs change, the shear amount of apps and continuously out-ofdate devices can be daunting. “I believe our biggest challenge in the future will not be technology itself, but evaluating and selecting the ‘best’ technologies for your business. I’m an early adopter of all that is tech, so I’m excited about it and anticipate revolutionary advances that will continue to improve how we do business,” says Dubyts. Business owners who shy away from technology or believe that it’s all a fad are losing out. To say “an email can never replace a phone call” or that “computers can’t replace great people” is missing the point. All of the new technology out there isn’t a threat and it isn’t a replacement for good business sense, smart people and teamwork. In the business world, technology leverages what you’re already doing right. Today’s top leaders understand the importance of expanding capabilities through investments in technology. They embrace the new tools of business and don’t hesitate to the pull the plug.

Photo: Erin Alexander Photography

Text by Daniel Billinkoff

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