Virtual teams are fast becoming a reality in business organizations. Businesses see considerable benefits in building and maintaining virtual teams.
The primary benefit of a virtual team operating with data available in cloud backups and web based systems is enlargement of the talent pool. Employers need no longer confine their talent to one city or even one country. They can recruit their manpower from across the globe. The employee can continue to operate from his or her hometown and enjoy remuneration levels that are comparable globally. Employers can save on expenses such as relocation packages for the employees and their families in addition to power consumptions and infrastructure costs.
Cloud computing models driven by cloud backup can save employers millions of dollars in CAPEX. Cloud backup and recovery and related applications are operation expenses and cost companies just a fraction of what they would have had to invest if there had been a requirement for establishing office spaces in different parts of the globe with essential computing hardware/software. Even if a portion of this savings is passed on to the employee, the business will still see a huge reduction in expenses.
Global spread of the organization explodes the potential of the business. Employees operating in different time zones can continue using the databases available in cloud backup repositories even when the headquarters closes its portals at the end of the working day in their part of the world. This results in considerable time savings as projects or production processes can remain operational in the different time zone.
Employee friendly concepts like Telecommuting, Teleworking or remote working can be implemented. Employees can access the enterprise database in the cloud backup and work from home or wherever they are with complete ease. This may lower absenteeism, stress levels and result in fewer sick leave requests. Productivity will improve and work will be accomplished within a shorter timeframe.
Sales and marketing teams, who have to travel out of the headquarters for a variety of activities, will find that they are linked to their parent organization with an umbilical cord that is routed through the cloud backup account. They can meet their customers physically while connecting up with the cloud backup and receiving the required input for effective customer relationship management.
Virtual teams present their own challenges. However, an effective and well managed virtual team connected to the centralized data repositories in the cloud backup server will add value to the business in more ways than one.