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5 > CDWG.com | 800.808.4239 How cloud-based collaboration technologies help optimize performance in today's knowledge-centric world resources available for managing and maintaining those solutions over time. Fortunately, the cloud offers a highly compelling alternative for deployment. With cloud-based unified communications (UC) and collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Office 365 and Lync Online, IBM SmartCloud, Google Apps, and CDW Cloud Collaboration, organizations can quickly implement the capabilities they need while avoiding large capital expenditures. Simply put, cloud-based collaboration offers many powerful and unique ways to significantly improve both processes and outcomes with minimal cost, effort and disruption. Cloud Considerations Decision-makers need to consider how to best acquire and implement the collaboration and communications tools their organizations need. Here is where cloud-based technology offers an extremely compelling value proposition. What follows are common benefits that, depending on the situation, an organization might expect to gain from a cloud-deployed collaboration solution. Little or no capital expenditure: Cloud providers enable organizations to implement new, highly useful collaboration technologies without having to make large upfront capital expenditures for software licenses, new hardware and the labor it requires to install and configure them. Instead, organizations can leverage a service provider's existing infrastructure and pay for solutions on a subscription basis as an operating expense. Expenses tied to upgrades also disappear, as providers automatically upgrade their offerings to users at no expense to them. Rapid time-to-benefit: Conventional deployments can take weeks or months before new collaboration tools are properly installed and configured. Cloud- based solutions, on the other hand, can be ready to use within hours. is rapid deployability also means that cloud solutions more readily lend themselves to efficient proof-of-concept pilots that allow decision-makers to fully verify the value of a new collaboration tool before green-lighting a rollout across the entire organization. Offloaded management and maintenance: Under the cloud model, all ongoing management, maintenance and upgrading of software, servers, storage and other solution components is offloaded to the service provider. is allows organizations to augment their technology portfolios without having to hire new staff. It also allows their IT staff to stay focused on high-value tasks, rather than routine technology upkeep. Adaptive alignment of cost and capacity: With in-house implementations, organizations can't easily keep their costs and capacity aligned with their current needs. Either they overspend on excess licenses and infrastructure to ensure their ability to accommodate possible growth in demand, or they wind up unable to meet that increased demand when it occurs. is conundrum disappears with the cloud because organizations can simply add or subtract from their subscriptions as necessary to keep their costs and capacity tightly aligned with their needs over time. Easier, more secure extension of collaboration tools: To extend conventional, internally deployed collaboration systems to mobile users, home-based workers and external contractors, IT departments have to do a number of things that cost money, take time and potentially expose an organization's core systems to new vulnerabilities. Cloud-based systems present none of those difficulties, because anyone logging in from anywhere is authenticated and given access to collaboration resources in the same secure manner. Better service levels: Internally deployed collaboration systems are among the many diverse technologies for which internal IT staff members are responsible. ese diverse responsibilities limit the speed and skill with which IT staff members can respond to any issues that arise with an organization's collaboration environment. Cloud service providers are in a very different position. eir technical staffs are highly specialized in the technology solutions they offer. Plus, their business depends on subscription renewals --- which, in turn, depend on keeping their clients happy. Cloud service providers are therefore better able and more motivated to deliver a higher level of service. e bottom line is that cloud-based collaboration offers an exceptionally fast, simple and cost-effective way to acquire practical communication capabilities that have already transformed both individual and organizational performance. Rarely are technology decision-makers presented with such a compelling opportunity to achieve substantial benefits with such minimal investment, effort and risk. Cloud Collaboration Tools Organizations can choose from a broad range of collaboration tools available under the cloud model, building their
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