Mobility is king in the current business climate. Your employees, from the sales team up to the CEO, want and need access to software, collaboration tools and files whether they're at their desk or on the move. One of the most vital needs being the ability to share files with one another. For many businesses, the average file sharing program simply won't do the trick for a number of reasons – but the top reason is almost always security. There's an effective app available to accommodate secure file sharing.
Today’s workforce is comprised of employees that work from various locations. Collaboration tools make it easier for employees to stay on task and remain productive whether they are in the office, on the road while traveling or working remotely from home. One of the most powerful collaboration tools available for businesses is Microsoft’s SkyDrive Pro offering which was overhauled at the beginning of 2014 and rebranded as OneDrive for Business. This cloud storage and collaboration tool received some new and enhanced features that further benefit business users looking for an anywhere-access solution for storing and sharing their work files.
What is OneDrive for Business?
OneDrive for Business is designed for organizations to provide a secure cloud storage option for their employees, while still maintaining administrative control over the business accounts and the files that are stored within it. This solution differentiates itself from the competition with the flexibility and the ease in which it facilitates cloud collaboration between team members. Users can decide who should have access to files by sharing at the file or folder level which sends an email invitation to those users to collaborate.
OneDrive for Business is included with on premise SharePoint 2013, as well as with subscriptions to Office 365 Business and Enterprise plans. Additionally, OneDrive for Business plans can be purchased separately for each user in your organization and include Office Online which gives the ability for team members to collaborate on documents simultaneously through its powerful co-authoring features.
For more than two decades now, Microsoft has dominated the landscape when it comes to business software. Windows OS, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint; you name it, Microsoft makes it. Lync is another valuable Microsoft software many businesses are implementing as a communication tool for their employees. Those that do take advantage of Microsoft Lync’s capabilities are very satisfied with the features and functionality it provides their team. But, its benefits can’t be fully realized unless it is well understood by your organization; and, this is true for many businesses.
The times of restricting websites in the workplace has become a bit old-school, not only because of the negative message of untrustworthiness it sends to employees, but also because there are work-arounds employees have learned to gain access. So, instead of restricting access to websites, we’ve found it is better practice to protect what you can, from a security standpoint, and request your employees to follow web-use company “guidelines”.
The guidelines you create will vary based on your business values and the way your employees use the Internet to conduct business on a daily basis. For example, a bank’s guidelines will most likely look different than those defined by a University.
Most people no doubt have heard the term cloud computing by now. In 2014, cloud computing is no longer a buzzword, but rather, a full-blown technology trend for individuals and businesses. Many who have heard about cloud computing assume it is more applicable to businesses and is only used outside of the office by the very tech savvy.