24/08/2015

By Andy Hinxman, Founder and MD of Keybridge IT

Tube strikes. Don’t you just love them? Well if you are a small business the answer quite frankly is NO. While those who hate the commute may be delighted to be able to work from home, there are still plenty of people who have to be present in their workplace during the day.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, a 24hr tube strike (based on figures from last year) cost small businesses £300million . Like many London based companies, your staff are likely to rely on the Tube. This could be travelling to and from the office or client sites as well as coming from home.

That means when a strike does occur you have to be innovative and prepared.

What is the Cloud?

The “Cloud” is a word so overused that it is easy to assume everyone knows what it means and understands what it does. But that is not the case. If your staff can’t get into the office, the Cloud will be your saviour.

Cloud is the concept in which your data is stored in a virtual environment on remote devices, as opposed to an onsite server or PC. Cloud uses the internet, which is vastly improving, to access these virtual environments and files.

It enables your staff to access their documents, shared documents and more importantly, emails on any device provided they have internet connection; it remains secure, reliable and resilient. So if you haven’t considered it before, you probably will after the impending Tube strike.

By using Cloud, you’re enabling your staff to work from home with ease during the Tube strike chaos and any other instances that could affect your employees’ travelling arrangements. They will be able to get into their documents as quickly and easily as if they were sat in front of their PC in the office. There are plenty of options out there so you can pick and choose which Cloud system you prefer.

How do the staff work from the Cloud?

Every business is different but there are systems you can use to exploit the Cloud. Both virtual desktops and Office 365 boast an efficient and reliable Cloud platform to enable your business to access anywhere, anytime and on any device

Alongside access to your emails, virtual desktops and Office 365 have a shared drive capability, so you can add and edit from wherever you are, given that you have an internet connection.

You can easily share and save files with virtual desktops, while with Office 365 you can work on the same file, at the same time.

Both systems mean any problems getting into work, Tube strike or not, staff can work remotely, including from home.

With all things ‘Cloud’ being considered, may the impending tube strike only affect how you to get to work, not the way you work.