Daniella Doughan
Business and Finance Journalist

Daniella Doughan is a business and finance journalist from Sydney, Australia.

Daniella Doughan
Business and Finance Journalist

Daniella Doughan is a business and finance journalist from Sydney, Australia.

Highlights
  • Cloud-based workflow systems can enable small businesses to work around the clock.
  • Apps can allow businesses to connect with employees in multiple locations and time zones.
  • Video conferencing services can let team managers have face-to-face interactions no matter where they are in the world.

Cloud collaboration technology helps businesses to work more effectively 24 hours a day, making the best use of time zones and remote workforces to get things done.

As long as team members have a reliable internet connection; they can work on a document, file or project without sharing the same office. This helps businesses to meet employee demand for increased flexibility, as well as making it possible to hire from a wider pool of talent.

Man working from home. Cloud solutions can allow your business to work round the clock.

Businesses can be hesitant to outsource work intercity, interstate or intercontinental because of a fear of loss of control or an inability to collaborate with international team members. But thanks to technology that includes document sharing, video meetings and file syncing, managing teams across the globe is becoming commonplace – even among small and micro businesses. 


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For example, Microsoft® Skype for Business Online offers video meetings, instant messaging and free voicemail – all from your desktop or mobile device – making long (and expensive) business travel no longer as imperative as it once was. 


Box lets workers store, share and edit files on the go, from any compatible device. A developer in Singapore can work on the same file as a manager in Melbourne. 


Microsoft Office 365 Business also includes cloud storage; so working on the same document from internet capable devices while you or your staff members are on the go is standard. DocuSign integration also lets you sign and get signatures electronically from Outlook and Word, so a document can be sent in the cloud, signed and returned all in a matter of moments and all without printing a page. 


Microsoft Project Online is a simple project management solution that will allow your staff to access, edit and submit project documents, timelines and calendars. Microsoft Project Online allows your team to collaborate and communicate with updated timelines and synchronized task lists to help everyone hit key milestones.


Finally, Microsoft® Dynamics 365 can help you to improve your customer experience by allowing your staff to see purchase histories, communications, and bug reports across multiple devices. 


With increasingly sophisticated cloud collaboration technology, businesses are now operating across time zones, borders and projects simultaneously. 


Dynamics, Microsoft, Office 365 and Skype are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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