The advantages of Software as a Service are numerous these days. From data vis with Tableau or Power Bi, productivity with MS Project, collaboration with Slack, faster internet speeds mean that so much more can be done online than ever before. Real time updating and collaboration with individuals and tams worldwide mean that traditional working barriers are being removed, and traditional workplaces are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
However, the benefits mentioned above do not seem to be convincing for that many IT departments of big companies. Specialists share many fears about the cloud. Security concerns and poor integration with the existing software to name a few. But one of the most important factors that stops the spreading of the cloud is the question: Are those services enterprise-ready? We think that the main question here is different. The barrier between cloud collaboration technologies and the business is created by the worker. Often people in big companies just don’t see any value in using collaboration technologies. They feel that SaaS-platforms simply are unnecessary for completing everyday tasks.
This happens because of two factors:
- Lack of leadership
- Lack of training
To drive the implementation of collaborating services you have to have strong leadership. Both members of team management and high corporate management have to use these services. By doing so, they will ensure the involvement of the employees in the collaboration environment. However, this will be impossible without the required training. Therefore, before implementing an enterprise-wide integration of the cloud system you have to make sure that your employees really understand how to work with it. And the more they learn, the more valuable the service will become to them. Research show, that you could even increase the value of collaboration platforms if you continue to add more functions and provide more services. This is essential for the success of cloud platforms on enterprise level.
While modern collaboration solutions provide many advantages in speed, mobility, agility, companies still feel reluctant to use these products. To change this attitude managers have to alter their way of thinking, by teaching employees the benefits of cloud platforms and by using these solutions themselves to better understand and facilitate their further implementation. Without collaboration platforms businesses will fall behind other smaller companies that maintain the speed, scalability and integration required to succeed in the harsh realities of the modern world.