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Working in the cloud: How IT enables mobile productivity

Last updated:December 2013

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Cloud file-sharing services and mobile productivity tools have changed the way employees work and caused some strife for IT administrators.

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Today's workers demand access to corporate data on the go. Companies have to carefully consider which mobile devices to provide, how to enable constant access to resources and how to keep data safe. That's a lot of bases to cover.

Working in the cloud can present some security and manageability concerns, but it can also help workers be more productive. Because workers' cloud use is probably not going to stop any time soon, it's time for companies and IT departments to find solutions to common problems that come with this trend.

To find the answers to top-of-mind questions about mobile productivity and working in the cloud, check out this special report, produced in partnership with TechnologyGuide.

1SkyDrive vs. SkyDrive Pro: Which is better for business?

Microsoft's consumer cloud service SkyDrive integrates with Windows 8 and 8.1, which is a great feature for Windows users on the go. For IT pros, however, it creates concern around which corporate files are being stored where. Companies that encourage working in the cloud with enterprise-grade services such as SkyDrive Pro, WatchDox and the corporate versions of Box and Dropbox could stymie potential data leaks.

2Connectivity issues don't have to impede productivity

Mobile workers expect to be able to connect to the Internet anytime, anywhere, but the reality is that Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity aren't ubiquitous yet. On the bright side, being disconnected from the network doesn't mean employees have to lose all hope of mobile productivity. Syncing data to cloud file-sharing services frequently and using applications that have offline capabilities can help end users stay productive, even without the net.

3Enterprise cloud file-sharing options

Companies have tons of cloud file-sharing services to choose from. They can opt to let workers use consumer cloud services for work, they can offer a private cloud or on-premises tool, or they can look to cloud providers that offer services with an enterprise focus. Services include WatchDox, ShareFile, DataNow and SkyDrive, to name a few.

4More resources about working in the cloud

Working in the cloud is a pervasive part of the way employees stay productive. Dig deeper into the cloud file-sharing services and tools that employees are using for work and learn more about them with these additional resources.

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