This is the age of the smart worker. Knowledge is power and information reach is the measure of the success of the enterprise. Cloud computing has revolutionalized the way businesses work and data backup and integration has opened up a whole new world of opportunities.

A recent study by IBM institute of Business Value noted that:

  1. Some organizations are outperforming their peers by dynamically changing the way they work. Collaboration and connected working is creating the necessary environment to meet the challenges of rapid change.
  2. Most organizations are under immense pressure to get work done faster, smarter and cheaper. Work is no longer conducted within the four walls of a building and in the proximity of “Colleagues”.  The spread of the enterprise is geographical and the nearest co-worker may be seated right across the globe, connecting with you over the Internet but, accessing the same database on a remote online backup server that caters to the needs all branches of the enterprise.

Based on the above two observations, they evaluated 289 enterprises and interacted with business or technical heads who performed leadership roles in the organization. The survey participant breakup was: 29 percent were located in the Asia Pacific, 35 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 36 percent in the Americas. 16 percent of these enterprises were classified as “outperformers” in their field.

The survey studied the response patterns and concluded that dynamism, collaboration and connectedness were performance enhancers in these organizations.  They found that enterprise working practices were being used to fuel growth, not just drive efficiency, process reconfigurations were seen as embedded collaborations to promote agility and smarter technologies (including cloud based backup and computing) were being adopted for making smarter working practices viable.

The advantage enjoyed by the outperformers was traced back to the following factors:

  • They had the ability to bring together disparate data for decision making. About 30 percent reported making efforts to integrate data from different sources.
  • They were using real time information for decision making.
  • Employees were taking advantage of broader collaboration opportunities and knowledge banks for implementing decisions.
  • Most of them were using more technology and service oriented architectures to define data and collaboration spaces.

It is evident that organizations aspiring to reach their full potential must integrate data consolidation and collaboration into their work process and must allow their employees “discover and access needed expertise in context of their work”. The way ahead–lies through the cloud.