Searching For Productivity
People use cloud storage for their work documents because it makes working remotely and sharing documents easier. Period. They generally don’t consider the security of the documents in the cloud store, or if they do they probably consider the potential for loss to be small and a reasonable risk given the benefits to their workflow.
This is why, as a TechCrunch article recently described, the cloud isn’t going anywhere. (Why the Cloud Isn’t Going Anywhere by Arsalan Farooq, is it the end of the cloud as we know it?)
While the article describes a number of solid reasons that the cloud isn’t going away as a work tool, even given the recent highly publicized security breaches, I think the main reason is because it streamlines workflow and makes work life easier. It does this in the same way that finding the exact information you are looking for, at exactly the moment you need it, streamlines your workflow and saves time.
We use search because it is so much more efficient than seeking a document manually. It only stands to reason that applying Federated search to the post-cloud work environment, where we have files stored in multiple places, is the next step in increasing work productivity. Federated search is a natural fit for working remotely and from various computers and devices, especially when some of the content is stored in the cloud.
Federated search, or the ability to search multiple sources, organically supports workflow in the manner that we work today. If we increase the accuracy of our search and search within files and emails that are housed all across our cloud, even better results and increased efficiency results. Search becomes an even more powerful tool for simplifying workflow, just like using the cloud. Bringing the two together makes the cloud work for us.
But we ought to address the privacy issues raised by using the cloud, especially since the cloud isn’t going away. We shouldn’t accept that a risk to our privacy is a small price to pay for increased efficiency. We should enable both elevated security and powerful search to both increase efficiency and protect our digital assets when working in the cloud. This is why an integrated search and security tool makes sense given the way we work today. Not only is this not the end of the cloud as we know it, it is the beginning of an era of encrypted search that protects our assets and streamlines our workflow.