Not your usual cloud provider 

April 5, 2016

Pete Watson, CEO at Atlas Cloud, reflects on being part of an innovative IT business and the way technology can change the workplace

At Atlas Cloud, we deliver and manage virtual IT solutions, connecting workers with any application from anywhere. We specialise in delivering graphically intense applications (Revit, ArchiCAD, 3ds Max) for clients in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, such as HS2, MAG, Arcadis and Kier.

Thanks to our technology, all project parties can work in real-time, collaboratively, in the cloud, on devices of their choice, over low bandwidth. Our solutions also come with per-month, per-user pricing, with same-day deployment of new users at any time during a project.

As the first UK ISO 27001:2013-certified managed services company, Atlas Cloud takes security seriously. This means that data isn’t only stored securely, it’s also handled and dealt with safely throughout the company.

Atlas Cloud is not your usual cloud provider; our aim is to transform businesses and the way we work by building innovative, cutting-edge technology that really makes a difference.


New ways of working

The core benefit of our solution is mobility; an essential part of everybody’s life nowadays. We can read and respond to emails or skim through the news on the go on smartphones and tablets without having to sit down at a desk and switch on a computer. With this in mind, mobility is also a key factor when it comes to productivity, as it allows for real-time reactions to any situation.

At Atlas Cloud, we enable the same level of flexibility in the workplace. We believe that workers should not be tied to their desks; they should be able to move around freely, work flexibly and not be restricted by technology – but empowered by it.


The gap between North and South

As a business that was founded in Newcastle and now has its headquarters in the city, the team at Atlas Cloud are happy to see that the North East is establishing itself as the UK’s top tech hub outside of London.

Being a local business, we are especially proud to be involved in some of the nation’s biggest infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Manchester Airport. While the high-speed trains might take time to reach Newcastle, crucial project data will be stored in the region, which shows that businesses don’t need to be based in London to make a difference in the country.

That said, we still notice a discrepancy between the North and the South when it comes to innovation and the adoption of new technologies. Generally, businesses in the south are much more open to trial new technology and explore possibilities, while companies in the North seem to be holding back. This is especially sad to see as the North has so much potential, with great people, innovations and skills in the region.

To bridge this gap, Altas Cloud encourages businesses to step out of their comfort zones, explore and make the most of what’s available to them. Take the cloud as an example; many companies still hold back on adopting a cloud solution because they are worried about security or feel like it is too new, when in fact, it has been around for years and, according to a recent Cloud Industry Forum study, 98 per cent of respondents have never experienced a breach of security when using a cloud service. Technologies will soon dominate and the longer businesses wait, the more painful the transition will be.