London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 18, 2009 -- Commuters have been hit hard by transport delays caused by snow overnight. Ivan Zidek, director of AWIC Technical Advisory, says, "Large, global corporations have the technology to allow their staff to work from home. It's the UK small businesses, which are hardest hit by weather-related travel chaos."
Small companies, especially ones without dedicated IT staff are the most vulnerable to loss of productivity due to weather-related staff shortages. According to the Federation of Small Businesses, this could translate to an estimated 1.2 billion pounds lost in a day because of the disruption, with one-fifth of the UK workforce unable to make it into work. What if that 20% of the workforce were able to login to their computers from home?
"One of our newest clients travels to work from Essex to Kent every day. A week ago, he would have battled to get into the office in all this snow. Now that he has AWIC Desktop, he can stay under the duvet and login to the office from bed," says Mr. Zidek.
It's on days like today, when the office is empty due to travel chaos, that cloud computing really comes into it's own. With subscription-based IT services like AWIC Desktop, small businesses get a complete IT solution, which is held in a secure data centre and accessed via the internet. This means staff can access it from anywhere with an internet connection, giving companies an edge against the competition who's still stuck on a train.