When COVID 19 shuttered offices worldwide, we couldn’t have seen it coming – but we were prepared. Altassian’s teams are scattered across the globe, from Silicon Valley and San Francisco to Sydney and Gdańsk, all of whom must work together in the absence of physical offices. With no conference room whiteboards or in-person sparring sessions, we’ve adapted our approach to work. Our Workforce Technology and IT departments moved swiftly to ensure that our globally distributed teams were up and running in their remote work spaces. Almost a year later, we’ve scaled our workforce tremendously without missing a beat. But in a time of such uncertainty, what made this transition so seamless? The answer is simple: cloud.

How to bring workplace practices to a remote world

Work-from-home arrangements have transformed the way we work, adding additional complexities to the enterprise space. This shift has made cloud technology even more appealing as organizations strive to think critically about enterprise agility. Now is the time to invest in technology and processes to accelerate performance and enable employees to do their jobs without disruptions. Cloud technology allows teams to do just that, thanks to uptime guarantees and increased flexibility as you scale. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Are your teams experiencing disjointed remote collaboration?
  • Do you want to increase productivity across your IT teams?
  • Is data protection and security a priority?

Let’s dig into how your distributed teams – and the products they’ve come to rely on – can benefit from Atlassian cloud products.

Leave traditional burdens behind

One of the biggest and most widely recognized benefits of transitioning to SaaS solutions is that virtual instances replace physical infrastructure. With on-premise setups, IT teams are responsible for an array of time-intensive and often manual tasks, from server upgrades to user management. With cloud, you won’t have to write a change request every two months or troubleshoot a major security event on the weekend. By outsourcing these tasks in the cloud, you no longer need to worry about backend maintenance and the on-site woes of on-prem software. Distributed IT teams can work from home and rest assured that their software is being run efficiently in a virtual environment.

This shift away from infrastructure management empowers IT teams to lend their efforts to more business-critical needs that impact the enterprise, focusing on strategy and forward-looking initiatives rather than troubleshooting infrastructure. By leveraging automation and other best-in-class cloud features, you can reap the benefits of guaranteed uptime and increased productivity, all while working remotely.

Customer Spotlight: Dropbox

According to a recent study by PwC, 83 percent of employers say the shift to remote work due to COVID-19 has been successful. Just ask cloud storage leader Dropbox, who is using Atlassian tools to promote agility and rethink the future of work.

As Dropbox CIO Sylvie Veilleux puts it, enterprise agility and the shift to remote work go hand in hand. Before the pandemic, Dropbox had already aligned their business goals to technology and practices, prioritizing agility-lending software for transparency and development. With the help of collaboration tools such as Jira, Dropbox’s 2,800-plus employees were able to adapt to the complexities of remote work with minimal friction. In her own words:

“Jira is a powerful platform that enables developer productivity. It’s also a place where we create visibility on the work being done, when it will be shipped and what dependencies exist, as well as status on progress and open risks. And it’s an excellent planning tool. I have a saying: ‘If it isn’t in Jira, it does not exist.’”

Embrace remote work with increased connectivity

In the age of cloud, it’s easier than ever to reap the benefits of remote work

Remote workforces need to work in tandem across applications to get things done. With cloud software, applications can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, via any device or web browser. Mobility and flexibility are top of mind, and as long as you have an internet connection, you can access your data wherever your remote workspace takes you. Simply put, this means higher rates of engagement and effective collaboration at scale.

As distributed teams grow, so does the need for tools that encourage open communication in real time. One of the best ways for remote teams to stay in touch while working efficiently is through cloud technology. With everything in a central location, you’ll find content more easily without wasting energy and time. And by transitioning away from on-prem software, you no longer need to worry about data that’s only accessible on-site, or files being stored in silos. Team members can view and share information easily and securely regardless of physical location. Whether you’re collaborating on a document in Confluence or tracking a project in Jira, team productivity is easy and effective in cloud.

Prioritize security as you scale

Organizations make better, faster decisions in the cloud knowing their data is protected, so we built security into the core foundation of Atlassian products. Our security features were designed with remote work in mind, so you don’t need to worry about compromising security in favor of distributed work capabilities. While on-prem installations can be accessed remotely, ensuring compliance and governance can be much more complex. With cloud software, organizations no longer have to divide their efforts between myriad IT concerns, including security. Teams are able to easily manage risk and monitor their instances, causing fewer disruptions to their remote workforce.

As we continue to see an increase in remote work, enhanced security is critical to the health of your business. Atlassian Access ensures that your users and data are safeguarded without compromising agility. Centralized administration allows your organization to standardize policies and maintain compliance across cloud products. Whether you’re looking to boost login security or set up automated user provisioning, our security capabilities save time and give you peace of mind in governing your products.

Ready to make the move?

The future of work is now. According to a recent survey from Enterprise Technology Research (ETR), the percentage of workers permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021. Organizations must embrace an agile mindset and modernized processes in order to stay ahead of the curve. Leave behind the VPN barriers and architectural limitations of on-prem software; by leveraging cloud technology, you’ll accelerate efficiency and see faster time-to-value.

Ready to make the move, or want more information about Atlassian Cloud?

Embracing cloud with the rise of remote work