May 4, 2021
3 min read

Essential advantages of cloud-based collaboration

Cloud collaboration enables people to work simultaneously on documents that live ‘in the cloud’ – so they can access files from anywhere with an internet connection. With cloud collaboration, the days of combining multiple documents and wrestling with outdated versions become a thing of the past. 

In the new world of digital transformation, technology has become the source of competitive differentiation and customers are asking themselves how their current organizations need to change to adapt into delivering a successful and sustainable digital business. With IT organizations becoming the primary means of meeting the needs of the business they need to evolve from supporting the business to being a part of the business by delivering value through services hosted in the cloud.

Microsoft for example, has been a cloud-first organization since 2012. It runs on cloud computing, and that cloud-first ethos is reflected in how they’ve treated their SharePoint infrastructure. It has been moved out of on-premises data centers and into Microsoft Azure and Office 365 to take advantage of cloud agility, scalability, and reliability across Microsoft’s IT infrastructure.

Cloud-based collaboration provides several essential advantages:

  • All sites and tools are in one service, from one vendor.
  • Personal and business sites are all within the same administrative and functional scope.
  • All sites are designed, developed, and managed with the same toolset and in the same environment.

SharePoint Online, - the cloud-based version of SharePoint, a web-based collaborative platform that can be used for storing and sharing content securely, as well as to create secure websites, such as intranets - is continuously updated to provide a flexible collaboration framework. Recent enhancements to communication sites and hub sites improve collaboration and drive engagement with personalized experiences.


Enabling self-service and creative collaboration

The greatest benefit of the migration to modern sites has been reduced requirement for development and IT intervention. Users can now create attractive, useful, accessible, and responsive sites using default tools and site-creation processes.

As organizations migrate intranet publishing sites to SharePoint, they’re unlocking new time and cost savings while providing their companies with attractive, useful, accessible, and responsive intranet sites.

Strong teamwork is the foundation of most successful businesses, whether the team is in a single office or working together virtually across the globe. Whether you are engaging with third-party vendors or telecommuting co-workers, having the right tools for collaboration makes all the difference.