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Working in a Cloud-Based World

You know, I’ve been struggling to put my finger on it, but I think I’m there now. There’s something that fascinates and infuriates me about the way people work. No, I don’t just mean the way people go into work every day, clock in, do their usual stuff and clock out. I mean from a technological standpoint, there’s something interesting and novel about working through cloud-based systems. Yet, here we are, in 2019, with an ever more connected world – and I don’t think we’re fully there yet.

Oh sure, the cloud works perfectly fine as is. If anything, it’s not the technology side of cloud-based working that bugs me. If you’re unaware about what I’m talking about, think of it like this: We all use cloud-based systems on a regular basis. Here at GeekOut South-West, I type articles up using Google Docs, which I then import into WordPress, which then eventually appears as this article you see before you. I sometimes write on the bus, or on my breaks at work, but the result is always the same – A fully completed article.

Not every industry can work in a cloud-based system, but a lot of companies utilise similar technologies in order to improve their day-to-day. From having a bespoke piece of software which sends information from a phone to their offices, through to full editing suites – We’ve come a long way since the days of having to plug in our devices in order to make them sync up, but we’re only just scratching the tip of the iceberg.

Working Better With New Technology

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Workforces are uncannily stubborn, I’ve noticed. Whilst some individuals may want to change their approach to dealing with problems, finding innovative solutions to the problems in the process, the same can’t be applied across the board. Indeed, there are plenty of people who cannot adapt to new technology, for a variety of reasons. In my time in the day job and even whilst writing articles, I’ve found a variety of people to be unwilling to adapt to modern applications.

The reason is pretty simple: Why fix what isn’t broken – and to some degree, you have to applaud that mentality. If something is working perfectly fine, then why should they change? This is a place where IT enthusiasts, trainers and more are completely failing their audience – Because we talk about the benefits of the software they’re promoting, as if to say to their audience “you should accept this, as it does things your old way of working does not”. Rarely is that the case. I was an IT Trainer for a while, where I noticed this attitude was drilled into a lot of the users I trained.

A Real Scenario of Cloud-Based Working

The biggest change we made here was moving from how we wrote articles, to using Google Docs for most articles. An interesting scenario came up on Wednesday night, which changed the way we had to work – Joel’s internet connection decided it had enough. With an engineer scheduled to fix his internet, I asked if he wanted me to take over his article days from him – And he said no, he was quite happy to continue writing.

We also decided to get on with writing our list for the Top 10, which will go live tomorrow. He got writing, using our usual Google Docs so he could write it with me. Having used Google Docs on my phone in the past, I know that this approach is equally as acceptable as using the full browser-based alternative, albeit having a tiny keyboard can be a pain. Either way, the information was still accessible to me, which meant we could write our whole list.

I had a point to this article, but hey, I may have gone massively off on a tangent. The point is this – If you think you can’t work using the technologies that are presented to you, consider using more modern tech. Cloud-based apps are definitely amongst the best software you can find for ease-of-access, especially when you can completely change the way you work using it. If you’ve not used Google Docs before, trust me, when you learn that you can write with other people in real time, it’s a game changer.

What do you think though? Is there any cloud-based app you can’t do without? Is Dropbox your number-one file service, or does that belong to Google Drive? Do you get by without cloud-based apps in this day and age? As ever, share your thoughts and opinions below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. If there’s one thing I’d like to say before you leave though, it’s this:

Stay curious and keep tinkering.

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