Using the human cloud to get things done – By Bob Milliken

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Bob Milliken

Not all of us have all of the skillsets we need to get things done – or maybe we are a little short on time (the more likely situation). Maybe you need to craft a good resume and business card, find a great birthday gift, or maybe you just want advice on learning to code. Of course, sometimes you can find a lot of assistance and information for free online, you might not get the quality you need or have the time to wait for someone to answer your question on a forum whenever they get around to it—if they do.

If the classic image of a startup was a couple of guys in a garage (think of Amazon, Apple, Disney), the emerging picture is a workforce of cloud collaborators using desired skills to deliver on your white-collar piecework. By eliminating barriers associated with traditional workspaces, the human cloud offers cost-effective solutions that may be a win-win for both employers and employees. Let’s take a look at how this platform is revolutionizing the modern workplace and what benefits are gained from having virtual workers.

Business owners have discovered that they can shift their labor demands from local to global. According to an online survey by Wrike, a social project management platform provider, close to 44% of business owners are already predicting a rapid shift to distributed teams in their companies. For them, technology can make their virtual workers just as efficient as if they were collaborating in one office. Remote collaboration via the human cloud is indeed a game changer that benefits companies such as startups who are inclined to spend fewer resources to build their business infrastructure. But first …

Human cloudWhat is the “Human Cloud”?

For those who are already familiar with cloud technology and services, you may know that the modern workforce no longer has to be tied to a physical office. Gone are the days of commuting and trudging along with the herds to get to cube farms or bullpens which some employees may regard as productivity- and soul-killing places.

In the new world of the human cloud, work is a digital cloud space where staff perform white-collar tasks from any location and on any device. Collaboration, file sharing or discussions on projects are done effortlessly and efficiently in a flexible and productive manner, rewarding team members solely for their output — regardless of their location, education, gender, or race. A worldwide network of online contractors is now ready to serve you with the qualifications, skill sets and shared enthusiasm you seek to turn ideas into valuable products or services.

As we become more familiar (and comfortable) with the advantages of human cloud, we will find that location is not the most important factor in determining who will contribute to our business’s success.

Bob Milliken is the TheITGuy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com and specializes in helping businesses with their IT needs. Connect with him at 604.270.1730.