Saturday, June 2, 2012

Beat the Bandh with Cloud Computing

Greetings !

So yesterday we had Bharat Bandh where the Opposition Parties declared that no one will work throughout India. This is one of the sad facts of India where the short sighted Politicians even take on the Indian Constitution !

Anyway , that is not the point of discussion of this post . I want to share with all as to how our Company beat the bandh making full use of the capabilities of Cloud Service like Office365 . We had 65% attendance in the office . However, the communication given the previous day was that if for any reason they cannot commute to the Office, they should logon to their Office365 accounts and work from home.

And guess what ? If I factor the people who worked from Home, then the attendance was 100% ! Wow! And how did these people work ? Pretty simple as is explained below:
Using Cloud based Lync , which is a tool for Unified Communication, the office workers knew if their colleague was online or not. And then it was a matter of just starting a conversation either by text chat or audio call . Video calls were not done as the Home workers probably felt they were not presentable enough !

Using Cloud based Sharepoint , the office and home workers could collaborate on proposals and other documents and do host of other Collaborative stuff like Helpdesk, Opportunity management etc. which we have developed on Sharepoint .

Using Cloud based MS Exchange , everyone was able to communicate with their Clients via email thus ensuring that Customers were taken good care of .

So friends , as long as we live in India , we know that we will have to live with these Bandhs which one party or the other will call for. But the next time there is a Bandh, be sure that you have Cloud Services implemented so that your work does not suffer . So Beat The Bandh with Cloud Services !

with warm regards

Suresh Ramani
Microsoft MVP 2009
Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year 2011 & 2007

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