Whether businesses are willing to admit it or not, the use of personal devices on the company network is increasing. Some organisations continue to push back against bring your own device (BYOD), while others have embraced the inevitable – nearly 60% now permit employees to connect their own smartphones and tablets to company systems.
Thanks to the digital revolution of the business world, the evolution of technology, and the relentless need for online support and engagement, the modern office place is no longer confined to a single physical location.
The Virtual Office is a very real thing these days.
Add in the soaring costs of renting real estate, and you can see the benefits mount up for restructuring collaborative processes across many connected satellite workstations, rather than drag everyone across town every day in rush hour traffic in the rain, sleet or snow.
With Desktop as a Service (DaaS) your virtual office can be virtually anywhere, the coffee shop, the local park, your back garden, anywhere with an internet connection and a laptop. Whether you’re a progressive, forward thinking business owner looking to offer your employees the opportunities to work remotely from home or a freelance start up, the same tips and advice below applies…
Let's cut straight to the chase, and start off with the positives…
There are several good reasons to adopt a hosted PBX service sooner rather than later. Here are five good reasons why a Cloud-based switchboard provides your business with a competitive advantage over your rivals.
- Reduced cost
The run up to Christmas is typically very busy for all businesses, as people rush to buy gifts, or rush through preparations for the new year. This seasonal spike in activity needs to be planned and managed carefully, ensuring there are enough resources in place to cover the increase in demand.
The task of securing your IT assets and data is increasingly complex, not least because your own systems are becoming more complicated too. Every application or piece of information that comes into your network from the outside world represents a potential hazard, a weak point that can be exploited by cybercriminals.
For many businesses, their first venture into outsourcing is the use of a hosted application – most won’t even realise that this is even a form of IT outsourcing. But because the infrastructure required to run the hosted app is managed by a service provider, it most certainly is a form of outsourcing.
Smooth, omnipresent communications are absolutely vital to a growing business, allowing colleagues and customers to share information quickly and easily. And the humble telephone remains a key part of the communications toolkit.
The advent of broadband technologies means that traditional office-based systems have been replaced by hosted alternatives. Functionally the same, Cloud PBX systems have much more to offer besides. Per user subscription licensing, infrastructure free deployments, instant scalability – hosted PBX reduces the overheads associated with running a corporate telephone system.
Flexible working arrangements mean that your workforce is becoming increasingly mobile. Previously your IT team needed only deal with data access requests from the field sales team, but the number of remote workers is growing.
Freelancers, homeworkers and “I just need access to my files so I can do some work in the evening”-types all require access to key data and applications. And that’s before you start looking at Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives that see your IT team supporting employees’ personal devices.
During the transport strikes of recent past, you avoided having to mind the gap on the way to work. If you worked remotely in the cloud, you never would. But have you considered all the other gaps opening up in your balance sheet and your productivity while you hold off moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud? Check out our infographic for proof that the business world is moving to the clouds.
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For many businesses, disaster recovery planning extends as far as a nightly backup to tape which is then thrown into the IT manager’s car boot. Tapes are circulated regularly and everything seems to be fine – until you actually need to recover your data.