New technologies such as cloud computing, smartphones and tablets have made it possible for businesses to expand their operations much further than was ever possible previously. By leveraging these solutions, firms have been able to expand into new markets, establishing offices that are physically separated but remain in close, constant communication.
However, to truly maintain the high level of collaboration necessary for firms to remain competitive on the world stage, these organizations need to embrace the most advanced, effective solutions available. Among the most noteworthy of these are Wide Area File Services (WAFS).
The old way of doing things
One of the biggest barriers to effective collaboration across geographically disparate personnel is data latency. When data latency becomes a problem, efficiency and effectiveness are both diminished.
Say, for example, that a firm operates two offices: one in New York, the other in San Francisco. For the business to function at peak capacity, personnel at these two offices must be able to not only communicate with each other quickly and easily, but also work together on documents and other files. Previously, this type of collaboration would only be possible via emailing updated versions of a given file back and forth. This may have been acceptable in the past, but it was undoubtedly time-consuming and inefficient.
In particular, such a strategy would prove problematic if the files in question were enormous. In these cases, networks would strain to handle the regular sending and receiving of vast amounts of information. Lag would be almost inevitable.
Cutting down on latency
With new tools, firms are able to greatly surpass this level of collaboration. Instead of sending updated versions of a given file back and forth, businesses can embrace tools such as WAFS solutions to cut down on data latency and maximize the exchange of information.
This is achieved thanks to WAFS solutions' ability to zero in on the changes made to a given document. The changed portions of these files will inevitably be much smaller than the documents themselves, and therefore pose a far smaller burden to corporate networks. The time required to send the latest version of the document from one office to the other is therefore greatly reduced.
With this greater level of collaboration, the organization as a whole is able to reach a new level of performance, gaining a critical advantage over the competition.