The intersection of social networking, big data and other major industry trends is causing more businesses to implement cloud services in order to remain competitive with rival firms.
This trend will cause the number of companies that outsource services to the cloud to more than double by 2015, according to a new IBM study.
While organizations may agree on the need to move to cloud services such as online fax and online backup, the benefits from actually doing so vary.
For example, the report noted that 62 percent of survey respondents said they want to utilize the cloud to improve collaboration with external resources, while 57 percent cited the cost savings associated with integrating multiple solutions together as their major influence.
Both of these reasons imply decision-makers want to deploy cutting-edge solutions like cloud-based phone or fax services, but have different justifications for doing so.
"Companies are starting to understand - cloud isn't just about gaining efficiencies and cost savings; it's about driving the kind of fundamental innovation that provides lasting marketplace advantage,"
As more business professionals adapt to the mobile workplace, there is an increasing amount of mobile apps that give business professionals uninterrupted access to vital tools and services. For example,
eFax, a provider of cloud fax services, now offers mobile apps for Android, BlackBerry and Apple devices -- including the iPad -- that allow a business professional to send, receive, and even sign documents from a phone or iPad.
CIO magazine, Software-as-a-Service offerings, like web conferencing and online fax technologies, can also help companies support mobile workers by allowing individuals outside the office to utilize the same services offered to on-premise employees.