Why best-of-breed cloud apps are the future and what you can do to prepare

The slow adoption of remote-working culture was thrown out the window in 2020 due to the mass work-from-home wave and the identification and adoption of cloud-based apps.

As workers all over the world move away from the office and into their homes, (some, permanently) a mix of best-of-breed cloud apps such as Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Google Workspace have become the tools of choice. These best-of-breed technologies are, by definition, the champions of their domains. Whatever they do, they do really well.

Historically, many organizations relied on a single-suite software, like Microsoft, to provide a range of tools in an integrated system so that users have one interface to learn; integration between applications allows for seamless data transfer; and there is only one vendor relationship to manage.

The downsides of a single-suite solution issues of single-suite software include: not all tools are created equal; change requests lag behind more agile providers; and enhancements are always “in the next release.”

Fortunately, best-of-breed technologies address many of these concerns by knowing their role and are designed to connect seamlessly with other key systems. These platforms constantly evolve to meet the needs of the businesses they serve

While the shift away from single-suite tools enables agile communication and collaboration, data readily becomes trapped in silos like Google Workspace, and Dropbox or messaging using Slack or Teams.

Best-of-breed tools are growing at such a rate that going against this new paradigm, rather than with it, simply won’t work. Companies shouldn’t have to sacrifice efficiency and innovation for governance and control. Instead, they need to begin structuring people, process, and technology to gain the best of both worlds.

The following are some key considerations for legal, IT, and other organizational leaders who wish to take a comprehensive, forward-thinking approach to best-of-breed collaboration apps.

  • Giving employees the best of the best along with updated device and app policies may reduce the use of unsanctioned devices and apps, which creates cybersecurity and legal risks. IT should have a place at the table when deciding on which cloud-based apps to implement.
  • Implement best-in-breed apps that emphasize security, enabling the transition to identity-based security.
  • It is now more possible than ever to connect disparate systems in a centralized location.

Summarized from jdsupra.com

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