March 2020 saw many businesses transition from an office environment to a work from home operation.
From a business technology perspective, I’m sure you’ve learnt some lessons on what could have made the transition smooth.
The reality is that many were not prepared for this transition.
Technology for many businesses is now crucial to their success in these challenging times.
In this article, we will outline three on the most cost-effective solutions to keeping the WFH transition smooth if it ever happens again.
1) Mobile-first approach
When upgrading devices think carefully about the type of device users should receive. We’ve had many businesses request laptops, as a standard item for their users.
One key thing to get right if issuing laptops is a docking station. These are great if you are moving from the office to the home regularly.
One simple connector for your mouse, keyboard, monitor, power and peripherals.
This not only saves time, but it also saves on IT support as users only have one connection to deal with if something goes wrong.
Critical services should now be cloud-based. The days of running Sage or similar accountancy software on a local machine should be avoided.
If a staff member were to fall ill or have to go into quarantine local data may be required by others in the business. Keeping it in the cloud means that the entire organisation has access with the correct privileges if needed.
If you are still using on-premise servers for email and files, then it’s time to finally make a move to the cloud.
You may have an IT provider talking you out of this “due to security” the truth is cloud is now more secure than having an on-premise solution.
3) Mobile Voice
Standard features built into modern voice over IP telephone solutions allows diversion of calls or a softphone client that can run on a laptop or mobile device.
There’s no excuse for now having a fully flexible phone system that can connect staff devices no matter where they are. All that is required is an internet connection and a smart technology business provider that offers the correct solution.
If you are ever given an excuse by a technology provider why something can run in a WFH environment, question it. More than likely, this comes down to budget with many technology providers looking at the “cheapest” option. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, cheap is not always best, and in the long run, it pays to invest in your business technology.
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