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Cloud Fringe Benefits: Tackling The Olympic Rush With Cloud Computing

Cloud Fringe Benefits: Tackling The Olympic Rush With Cloud Computing

The London Olympics 2012, an event definitely expected to result in festivity throughout the United Kingdom, might not prove to be that much of an auspicious experience for businesses located within (and even outside) the city. The reasons are quite understandable – higher magnitudes of traffic density and crowds pouring in like rain are bound to serve as overt impediments to the normal operational dynamics of business ventures.

Matt Gordon-Smith, director of security at Attenda, considers cloud technology to be a clear-cut savior in this particular situation. Matt believes that business ventures that haven’t already undergone the shift towards the cloud should seriously concentrate on employing cloud technology to safeguardthe work effectiveness of employees during the Olympic season.

Cloud computing could serve to painlessly handle the issues that might surface during the Olympic period, the foremost of which could be the commotion of mass rapid transit and other means of public transportation, particularly during the rush hour. In worst cases, businesses might face situations as serious as employees not being able to reach offices or finding it difficult to reach to customers.

By carrying out the move to the cloud, corporations can make sure that the relevant personnel within the workforce are provided protected admittance to company information without actually needing to be present at the office in person.

This boils down to a very important outcome – empowered workers presented with an unmatched opportunity to conduct work from within their home or, for that matter, from any distant location outside of central London. This comes with the inherent advantage of time being saved and used efficiently, which otherwise would have definitely gone to waste because of the bottlenecks in transportation.

Research findings dug up by the Confederation of British Industry disclose that about 46 percent of the companies located within the city are demonstrating a significant level of panic with regards to their homework concerning the summer Games that lie ahead. Furthermore, the study reveals that about one half of those companies are contemplating incorporating the work-from-home option as a means of gearing up against the expected work outage. The stated proportion of ventures, however, are not adequately prepared to take on the home-sourcing challenge.

In addition to the transit issue, part of the problem ventures could face is the inclination of the workforce to play their part in the mega event, either by volunteering or becoming part of a live audience, both of which require being away from the workplace.

“Certainly transport disruptions are going to be a key impact, and making sure that all those people have the ability to continue to perform their role remotely is the key. So, having the technical infrastructure in place to allow remote working, without compromising the data you’re working with, is a key consideration,” Matt Gordon-Smith explained.

The CBI further reports that with these concerns aside, most businesses are of the view that the Olympics will have an overall healthy impact on the country. The positive impact could be more pronounced if cloud technology comes in to ensure that businesses continue to operate in a streamlined manner during the Olympic Games period.

By Humayun Shahid


With degrees in Communication Systems Engineering and Signal Processing, Humayun currently works as a lecturer at Pakistan's leading engineering university. The author has an inclination towards incorporating quality user experience design in smartphone and web applications.