There’s been a lot of talk this year surrounding the future of business productivity – there’s a reason why Gartner put the cloud in the top spot for their list of the top 10 strategic technology topics, but it might not be the one you’re thinking of. Beyond the cloud’s promise of reduced administrative overhead and dramatic savings on the IT side, more and more organizations are looking towards an additional benefit of the cloud: Innovation and collaboration. At SADA, we’ve always believed that IT is a tool that empowers people to do their best work – as cloud computing technologies become increasingly integrated with our daily lives, it’s important to note how future developments within the cloud will shape the work processes that will change the workplace.It’s essential when evaluating the transformative benefit of cloud computing, to understand the implications and importance of collaboration. Collaboration lives in a cycle with communication and action – collaboration tools, at their best, works towards highly efficient and effective communication between members of an organization that leads to the fast and accurate decision-making crucial to the operations of any organization. The cloud presents collaboration in new forms – making it easier for members of any organization to traverse the roadblocks that prevent communication between departments, specialists, customers or business partners. These are the technologies that permit people to hold face-to-face meetings in real time, and gain access to important information remotely (whether that information is in a presentation, document, spreadsheet or otherwise).From working over living documents to messaging to video conferencing, cloud solutions prove that IT is a tool that does not need to be constrained to time or geographical limitations. This makes cloud computing flexible and agile – companies can access IT services regardless of place and time, necessary in a highly competitive marketplace. Additionally, organizations can more easily divide complicated workloads into smaller projects to be worked on independently. And when the separated projects merge, the cloud simplifies collaboration so that reincorporation happens at a greater speed. The adaptability of the cloud makes it a perfect fit to address market conditions in constant flux.It’s a new year and time to make a change – SADA offers a comprehensive set of solutions and services to help you make your move to the cloud, from best-of-breed technologies, to IT consultation, project management and training. Visit our website and see what we offer with our body of work.