April 30, 2018
Cloud technologies are being utilised to optimise global operations for ambitious firms that look to grow internationally while still remaining as secure as they would be if they operated from their own office.
Technology is an enabler for North East businesses to expand their borders beyond the region and the UK. Cloud-hosted desktops allow businesses to virtualise their entire office space, resulting in no boundaries when it comes to international working.
With virtual desktops, organisations can benefit from geographically redundant data storage, automatic failover to other sites and the ability to scale the environment up or down to support the growth of the organisation. Unlike traditional hosted scenarios, as soon as the need diminishes (seasonality, cyclical, event-based demand, etc.) you can downsize the infrastructure and stop paying for its continued operation.
In terms of globalisation, The Frost & Sullivan report, The Born Global Business 2016, found that 71 per cent of cloud users have entered new geographic markets in the past five years, compared to only 31 per cent of non-cloud users.
Scaling revenue and technology
Following a record-breaking year for the company and growth in global revenues of 17 per cent, recruitment consultants Finlay James expanded its workforce in November 2017 by opening an international base in San Francisco. This added to the company’s existing four UK-based offices.
Despite the expansion on a global scale, the Atlas Cloud platform enabled staff to access their work desktop at any given time, regardless of time zones. The data resides in data centres around the UK with secure access being granted with internet connectivity and two-factor authentication.
Discussing how the Atlas Cloud platform enhances business growth, Sara Gaughan, chief people officer from Finlay James, says: “We have the ability to grow with complete flexibility. We plan to expand both nationally and internationally to 80 people by September 2018. The Atlas Cloud platform enables us to grow easily as the solution is fully customisable to our changing business requirements.”
Dynamic solutions for dynamic businesses
Nicholas Sloka, IT business development manager at Event Marketing Solutions, reflects on the decision to move to Atlas Cloud’s platform: “With our client base being located in over 45 countries, the Atlas Cloud platform enabled us to integrate individual systems into one unified solution that can be securely accessed by staff at home, in the office or on-the-go.
“As the data resides in a UK-based data centre that is fully managed by a team of technical experts, the burden of monitoring user access is removed. All staff are able to communicate, collaborate and share files efficiently and securely in real time, regardless of their geographical location and time zone.”
Pete Watson, CEO of Atlas Cloud, adds: “We support the global expansion of organisations by providing a fully secure platform that can enable business growth with complete flexibility. We understand that the modern-day workforce needs access to their working environment around the clock, from any location. Cloud technology is empowering workers to pick up their project work on the go, to collaborate in real time, and to improve their productivity, regardless of where they are and their co-workers are located.”