I say this because these days employees are not necessarily stuck in an office, sat at a dusty computer, tapping on a keyboard. Rather, many of the jobs people do nowadays require them to be out and about. Consequently, access is important.
What’s more, with the proliferation of smartphones, netbooks, tablets and anything else the digital world is about to throw at us, mobility and flexibility are the key to accessing vital information.
Furthermore, it isn’t just business people who now need this mobile access; there is a growing need for publicly-funded organisations to do the same. For instance, police officers who spend their time mainly in cars can use cloud-based solutions that make it much easier for them to check and validate a suspect in a crime. This is particularly appropriate for car theft, which was at one time a huge problem. The police can now check the whereabouts of a stolen vehicle or the insurance credentials of a car they are following with ease from their hand held or in-car device – all done by Wi-Fi.
Similarly, with many apps having a connection from a mobile device to a cloud storage system, it is easy for a business person to retrieve vital documents to show to clients.
Alternatively, the same documents could be shared over the cloud.
All in all, flexibility is, for me, the most important benefit of cloud computing.