Last month's snow storms caused a great deal of disruption to UK businesses, with some leading businesses blaming it for big dips in their profits. However, many weather experts are confidently predicting we are going to see more of it,\u00a0so it is up to us to start thinking seriously about how we work around it.\nI am not talking about snow chains and gritting salt here. In fact,\u00a0that sort of\u00a0mentality is missing the point entirely. It's not so much about finding solutions that can help us continue exactly as before, it's about finding creative and more efficient ways to do things differently.\nFriends of mine who live in Canada think it is bizarre and hilarious that in the UK we expect to be able to carry on as normal despite being knee deep in the white stuff. We go on and on about how other countries are better prepared but they actually cope better because they prepare better and\u00a0because they understand what it is doable and what is downright suicidal.\nI am not suggesting that we all give up and sit at home nursing Horlicks but why, in this prolific age of technology, should an average office worker feel duty bound to attempt a five or ten hour round trip in treacherous conditions just to make it to the office?\nAnyone who was wondering what the benefits of a Cloud-based infrastructure were should be in no doubt now. The benefit of being able to access what you want from wherever you are,\u00a0over \u00a0whatever device is most convenient has been amply demonstrated by this December's chaos. With a decent broadband connection an employee working remotely should be able to get access to everything they use in the office.\nCollaborative tools enable remote working \u2014 from virtual meetings, to online document management tools and social media-based platforms for one-to-one or one-to-many communication across a secure virtual environment.\nI can appreciate that this kind of virtual working environment can bring the most security conscious among us out in hives. But security doesn't have to be an obtrusive barrier.\nFor parts of the infrastructure that must stay behind the firewall a half-decent VPN should suffice.\nWe all know what technology could deliver if the business would let us get on and implement it. The difficult bit is persuading the business that it is worth the investment. Cloud computing is still perceived as a risk to many.\nOne unenlightened friend of mine said Cloud computing was the equivalent of leaving the door open. The fact is security concerns are largely an issue of ignorance and when you consider how many companies\u00a0\u2014 both large and small\u00a0\u2014 lost money because staff weren't able to work due to the inclement weather, you would have to say that now is probably a good time to take your case for a move to the Cloud to the business.\nSome commentators have stated that the Cloud is intrinsically more secure than traditional data silos. Cloud service providers operate at incredible scale enabling them to establish centres of excellence around securing their infrastructure that few other single organisations can hope to match.\nBecause their entire brand and business also stands publicly on the trust and reputation they build, these massive service providers have an incredible incentive to invest very heavily in leading the field of security, high availability, and scalability. Cloud Computing is very much based on economies of scale that translate into the excellent cost to serve\u00a0and the expertise in their respective field.\nWeather aside there is no question that agility and flexibility are critical for even the most traditional of organisations. The ability to adapt to different circumstances\u00a0\u2014 whether physical or otherwise \u2014 will only become more important moving forward. Balancing the need for change with the fear of implementing that change is no mean feat, but for many businesses being left behind the consequences could be fatal.\nOur climate isn't the only thing that is changing. As Generation Y enters the workplace it brings with it an expectation that it can work in the same way that it plays \u2013 anytime, anywhere and on any device.\nAs the ideas of this new generation of mobile-cognisant employees are translated into new enterprises which are born with this sort of architecture in their DNA, it will eventually become the standard. For today's businesses the change needs to start now or they risk being left behind, or rather, hopelessly buried under a snowdrift of antiquated information systems and stalled business.