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Why cloud computing unlocks the best outcomes from remote work

Find out why cloud readiness is essential to supporting remote teams while securing your organisation’s data and resources.


The pandemic has forced companies in Asia to adopt remote work as the default setup for their workforce. But what many companies may not expect is that remote work is likely to stay for good, even in a post-Covid world. 

In a global HRD survey, 91% of HR leaders are keen on campaigning for remote work arrangements to continue after the pandemic. In Asia, Morgan Stanley predicts office tenants across the continent will permanently give up anywhere between 3% to 9% of their existing office space. Meanwhile, a Japan Productivity Center survey from last May found that 60% of respondents wish to continue working from home after restrictions are loosened. 

Whether your employees will be working from home or remotely when it’s safe to resume business trips, your organisation needs to be prepared for remote work to be the status quo.

The dangers of unsecured remote work

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Like many aspects of digitalisation, the exodus to remote work has left many organisations scrambling to keep up and adapt their processes to remote setups. As many as one-third of companies were ill-prepared to the work-from-home shift at the height of COVID-19 restrictions.

In Asia-Pacific (APAC), the transition to remote work also exposed companies to cybersecurity issues, with Singapore and India reporting twice as many malware attacks as the global average. A recent Sophos study found that 53% of surveyed businesses in Asia were caught flat-footed by the abrupt need to support remote work, with another 54% admitting they had yet to update their cybersecurity strategy in 2020.

One thing, however, is clear: companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud computing have had an easier time with the shift to remote work. 

Benefits of cloud computing for remote staff

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At its simplest, cloud readiness provides remote staff quick and efficient access to their data, tools, and other members of their teams without compromising security and compliance.

1. Security and compliance

Contrary to popular belief, storing data and accessing IT resources on the cloud is no less safe than doing so on local servers. In fact, it may even be safer due to the built-in encryption features of cloud providers. This ensures that data travelling between networks and remote workers is encrypted, keeping any sensitive company information safe from cyber attackers

Cloud computing platforms also provide resources that allow administrators to monitor their network’s data and resource integrity around the clock—a far more efficient alternative than hiring an in-house security system.

Some managed cloud services providers will also offer a combination of Security Operation Centre (SOC)-as-a-service and a security information and event management (SIEM) solution — creating a dual-layer of defence that identifies cyber-attacks early on and quickly deploys countermeasures.

Cloud services often come pre-built with compliance configurations, making it easy for organisations in highly regulated industries, such as finance, education, healthcare, and the public sector among others, to manage their sensitive information in line with legal regulations such as Singapore’s  Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and the European Union’s  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

2. Greater accessibility

Cloud services provide remote employees with round-the-clock access to the information and tools they need to do their jobs. In contrast, organisations that operate their own data centre will regularly have to take their assets offline for troubleshooting and maintenance.

In terms of security, cloud services enable administrators to remotely control access to your company’s cloud resources, whether it’s by setting permissions or securing assets behind controls such as email verification or one-time passcode authentication for both employees and guest users. 

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3. Fast and secure scaling

The sudden shift to remote working meant that employees needed shared storage, reliable uptime, as well as fast and secure data transfers in an agile IT environment. This, in turn, meant that many businesses had to make a significant investment in IT hardware and software at short notice.

A more cost-efficient and secure alternative is cloud migration. This allows companies to safely scale their resources vertically (e.g., expanding CPU, memory capacity) or horizontally (adding more server capacity to accommodate more workloads) to accommodate customer demand or the increase in offsite employees requesting access to your resources. 

4. Improved productivity and safer collaboration

Effective collaboration and open communication are two of the top challenges of remote working. With cloud-based collaboration apps, employees can comment on documents and flag co-workers when requiring feedback.

Managers or administrators can also set different access levels and permissions to specific employees, ensuring that sensitive company data is limited to authorised personnel. These permissions can be changed on the fly, making the team more agile and responsive to changes. 

Work with a trusted cloud partner

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Whether your goal is to scale your remote team’s capabilities or add a layer of security to your existing remote operations, the cloud offers a safe and reliable way for organisations to maintain a remote workforce.

When looking for a cloud solutions provider, look for a trusted name with a proven track record. At T-Systems, our cloud services run the gamut from cloud-based IT infrastructure and smart technologies to digital transformation for industries

Make your teams and offices more agile with cloud computing.

Put our know-how to good use by making cloud-enabled remote work part of your digital transformation. Speak to our team of experts today!

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