Written by: Daniel Haurey on 04/16/21

If you run a small-to-mid-sized business, you’ve inevitably had to adopt remote work protocols over the past year. Congratulations on making it this far! Now, a quick question:

How has it been?

Has your business thrived with your employees out of the office? Have there been unforeseen challenges in going remote? Do you have a plan to improve your platforms going forward?

If you’re like many of the business owners, adapting to the new normal of “work-from-anywhere” has been difficult. You may find yourself dissatisfied with your current remote work tools, and you may be seeking to improve your technology to make remote work less difficult.

You may wish that your answer to the question of “how has it been?” was a little bit better.

Good news: We’ve found that, for many small-to-mid-sized businesses, Windows 365 Cloud PC can help.

Windows 365 Cloud PC, according to Microsoft, is “a desktop and app virtualization service that runs in the cloud.” It’s an ideal remote work solution, and it holds promise for dramatically upgrading your business’s remote work setup.

Here’s how you can use it.

1. You can use Windows 365 Cloud PCs to power remote work.

As you may have gathered, this is the key value of Windows 365 Cloud PC for small-to-mid-sized businesses: It offers an easy way to power and standardize remote work.

Windows 365 Cloud PC allows users to access a Windows operating system (OS) from any device. This means that no matter what device a user brings – a Mac, a PC, a tablet, and so on – as long as they can connect to the internet, they can run business-standard applications and access files and data securely.

Many small-to-mid-sized businesses have relied on bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to quicken the transition to remote work. Employee-owned devices can enable work, but without a standardized operating system, they may fall short of delivering the capabilities your workforce needs to be optimally productive.

With Windows 365 Cloud PC, employee access to computing power is standardized, and optimized work can happen from anywhere.

2. You can use Windows 365 Cloud PC to operationalize (and reduce) expenses.

Of course, the reason many small-to-mid-sized organizations used BYOD policies was to make the transition to remote work cost-efficient. It’s expensive to buy hardware for every remote employee – and you’ll face spikes in costs every few years as machines need to be upgraded or replaced.

That can make budgeting difficult.

Fortunately, Windows 365 Cloud PC is both cost-efficient and consistent. Because it relies on cloud computing power, it involves an affordable monthly cost rather than a large, one-time capital expenditure.

We’ve written extensively on the pricing factors involved in Windows 365 Cloud PC before. The bottom line is that, when you use this solution for your business, you’ll make budgeting simpler and unlock the potential for cost savings.

3. You can use Windows 365 Cloud PC to scale more efficiently.

On a related note, using Windows 365 Cloud PC to power remote work at your small-to-mid-sized business will give you greater capacity to scale.

Scalability is one of the core benefits of the cloud. The reason is that using the cloud allows you to flexibly add more resources as your needs require.

If you hire three new employees, for example, you can easily add computing capability without having to purchase expensive new laptops; you’ll simply provide your new people with access to Windows 365 Cloud PC through their personal devices, then pay the additional monthly cost per user. On the flipside, if you need to downsize, you aren’t stuck with costly machines sitting unused.

The outcome of this is that, when you use Windows 365 Cloud PC, your remote work environment can be easily adapted to fit your business as it grows.

4. You can use Windows 365 Cloud PC to improve cybersecurity.

Finally, Windows 365 Cloud PC can keep your business protected.

We’ve covered the security of Windows 365 Cloud PC in more detail here, but here’s the gist: The solution is secure because it’s built on secure infrastructure and separates personal usage from professional work.

If you’re operating under a BYOD policy without Windows 365 Cloud PC and an employee device gets hacked, your whole business is potentially at risk. Hackers can use one compromised machine to infiltrate all of your systems. But, if systems are accessed via Windows 365 Cloud PC, a hacked employee device will be less likely to compromise your business, because files, data, and systems are separate.

The result is better security for your business – and peace of mind for you.

Looking to level-up your SMB’s remote work solution?

Getting your employees online is commendable – but standardizing and securing your remote workforce will be a necessity as the world moves forward.

If you’d like to learn more about how your small-to-mid-sized business can use Windows 365 Cloud PC, let’s talk.

At Exigent, we’ve been helping New York and New Jersey businesses to adapt to changing technologies since 1997, and our staff has over 200 years of cumulative experience implementing and supporting Microsoft solutions.

In other words, we know Windows 365 Cloud PC inside and out, and we can help to answer any questions you have. If you are ready to implement this as a solution, we can provide white-glove support to make the process quick and seamless.

Schedule a free consult today, and start moving toward a solution that’ll help your workforce to thrive, not just survive.