Having the ability to share and access data is more important than ever in the world of business.
Previously, the sharing of data took days, weeks, or even months when sent through traditional mail services, but thanks to the Internet, business owners can share information nearly instantaneously.
Whether through email, video conference, instant messenger, or other method, it’s easier today to share data than ever before.
The business environment today is also global, even if you’re a small business.
For example, if you operate a retail store, you’re likely to receive at least some of your goods from overseas. This means that you will need to provide access to important data across various time zones and across differing customs and exchange rates.
According to the article, “The Importance of Global File Sharing for Enterprise Business [Video]” your staff, wherever they are located, will need access to important files globally. If you aren’t able to provide this access, your business may lose out.
Business is on the Move
In addition, data sharing isn’t just limited to desktop PCS these days.
More and more, business owners are turning to mobile solutions, such as smartphones, to conduct business online. Customers are also increasing the demand for mobile data sharing.
For example, your business could have a dedicated app that customers can download to receive updates on products, place orders, and talk to customer service.
If you don’t currently have an app available to customers, now would be a good time to invest in having one created.
Keep Business Growth in Mind
Something else to consider when examining global filing sharing options is the growth of your business.
Even if you’re small now, you may end up becoming an enterprise company in time. This means that your file sharing systems will need to be able to be scaled along with your growth.
For example, Google Drive is a great way to share data online with employees, teams, and customers, and it’s a great solution when you need to collaborate on a small scale. However, when you’re talking about a company with hundreds or thousands of employees, a more advanced option may be required.
Security is also an incredibly important feature of any global file sharing system.
Your provider needs to be up to date on the latest in cyber-security technology, and updates and upgrades need to be made on a regular basis in order to protect your information.
If you don’t know what to look for as far as security is concerned, consult with an independent expert before signing a contract.
About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include business development and cloud technology.