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How do cloud applications impact the way teams work

When crucial information is trapped within team silos and can’t easily be shared, the entire company suffers. For example, if the business side can’t effectively share strategic priorities with the product side, then the product team will deliver incorrect design specs to the engineering teams. If the engineering teams aren’t building what the business needs, then the company can’t deliver on it’s promise to the customer. Without access to information—and context—across disparate roles within an organization, teams struggle to scale, collaborate, and provide adequate value as business complexities grow.

These breakdowns can lead to frustration and distrust across the organization, a real detriment when productive partnerships are crucial to the company’s ongoing success.

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Before [moving to cloud], there wasn’t a unified place to get anything. We couldn’t really track where the work was, especially when people who are not in Engineering are involved. At a certain point, we needed a different level of communication and sharing, and a better way to manage big, cross-team projects...We needed a centralized workflow to enable that, and none of the tools we had could do it.

Sky Frostenson
Director of Technical PRoduct Management, VSCO
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Organizing teams in the cloud remedies this problem in two ways:

  1. Seamless integrations between common cloud applications allows data to flow smoothly and enable cross-pollination of ideas.
  2. Cloud tools are built with extensibility in mind, and typically come with robust sets of APIs, connectors, and browser plugins that allow you to customize integrations to suit your organization’s specific needs.

When everyone can access the same information, from any internet-connected device, people have the freedom to work wherever they can get online. According to a recent Harvard Business Review study, 96% of workers say they need more flexibility in their work lives, but only 47% access to the types of flexibility they need. This includes the ability to work unconventional hours, autonomy to step away from work when needed, and tools that allow them to work remotely. This is the kind of flexibility teams today need in order to do their best work in a fast-changing world.

When everyone can access the same information, from any internet-connected device, people have the freedom to work wherever they can get online. According to a recent Harvard Business Review study, 96% of workers say they need more flexibility in their work lives, but only 47% access to the types of flexibility they need. This includes the ability to work unconventional hours, autonomy to step away from work when needed, and tools that allow them to work remotely. This is the kind of flexibility teams today need in order to do their best work in a fast-changing world.

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At Fugro, the world’s leading Geo-data specialists, silos emerged between teams. Individuals defaulted to their preferred communication methods: email, chat messages, sticky notes, hallway conversations... Not a scalable collaboration model when agility and speed-to-market are your keys to success.

When the teams adopted a suite of integrated workflow collaboration tools, they were able to break down communication barriers, allowing for a seamless teamwork experience.

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