In today’s business climate, collaboration is an indispensable component of success. New technologies enable organizations to find ever more ways to increase productivity and efficiency, making the most of the ability to work together as a team, uncover hidden knowledge and utilize one another’s strengths. As cloud based software is recognized more and more for enabling powerful collaboration, taking advantage of cloud is a wise business decision that’s sure to pay dividends.

So what are the key features of cloud that build purposeful collaboration?

1) Facilitating distributed teams

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By storing data in the cloud, workers can access and update what they need from any device, anywhere in the world. Teams are no longer required to be in the same office to work together effectively. This is a big development since around 37% of U.S. workers telecommute at least part of the time.

2) Knowledge sharing

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When companies move to the cloud, they make vast archives of important data and documents available and searchable to every employee. Moreover, workers have access to the skills and knowledge of every other employee in the organization.

3) Cutting down on email volume

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According to a McKinsey Global Institute survey, workers spend as much as 28% of their time emailing. When cloud lets you share and edit documents in real-time, why bother sending messages back and forth?

4) Eliminating discrepancies

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The larger an organization gets, the easier it is to have many versions of a single document floating around in their collective knowledge ecosystem. Using cloud, many organizations are already enjoying the ability to create master documents that supersede previous versions, so every employee knows which document is the most current and up-to-date version.

5) Embracing scalability

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A successful growth strategy includes solutions that grow with the organization. Not to mention the additional time, cost and resource that can be saved up front by improving processes and procedures, cloud means there is no limit to how big an organization can grow and who it can reach.