We rely heavily on cloud computing, so far as we don’t have ANY files saved locally except a few pdf’s that have been downloaded and a handful of MS Office documents. Everything else is stored up in the cloud – email, documents, our Warehouse Management System (WMS), our accounts – the list goes on. Given we don’t have any files locally, it also follows we have almost no software in our office, bar a web browser, pdf viewer and a printer driver.
The benefits of cloud computing is that you can work on just about any PC, tablet (or even a few phones recently) and can work as if you’re very much in the office. Everything is there, just where you left it and it’s always the most recent version you were working on no matter what PC you were last using.
Information can be shared both inside the company and out and many employees often work simultaneously on a document, passing revisions for review without the need for sending the document. It’s also the way that we give all of our clients access to live information about their fulfilment accounts. Since our 3PL warehouse is managed using an online system, the data is available instantly to all of our clients – we don’t need to send it or copy it, they can access the data that’s stored on the live production server.