When we talk about mobile computing we are not talking about the provision of mobile phones. We are talking about using computer technology whilst out of the office.
This could be while travelling on business, working from home, or to reduce the size of the office and cut costs. It is also about how external computing communicates with the main office. Remote computing can easily be accomplished with the use of smart phones, laptops, desktops and tablets.
Mobile computing or Smart working can be a very effective tool when staff are prevented from leaving home, perhaps due to bad weather, (snow, floods, hurricanes etc), or strikes within the transport or school sectors. It can also be very useful for sales teams who are on the move and need to keep in constant touch with the office.
Remote working is no longer exclusive to hi-tech industries. New technological advances mean that the many benefits of working in multiple locations are now recognised among mainstream businesses.
Remote working can lower overheads and operating costs, improving productivity and staff retention, and enhancing work-life balance, in addition to reducing the environmental impact of your business.
There are combinations of technologies that can be employed to provide the computer infrastructure which will enable this to be an effective tool for your business.
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Today’s mobile phone networks provide high speed data connections for internet browsing and email. If you have a smartphone, whether it is Apple IOS, Android, Windows or Blackberry, the chances are you can configure it to connect to your Mailbox.
Depending on the email service in use you will also be able to synchronise your important contacts and calendars. This is an essential business tool for a mobile workforce.
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Depending on the needs of the individual user, or corporate specifications and cost limitations, we at CSE can provide very cost effective, hardware and software solutions that match your requirements fully.
Home working has many benefits and a number of studies in the U.K and U.S. has disproven the myth that home workers do more shirking than working. There are many reasons why employees may need to work from home such as recovery from a health issue, child care needs or adverse weather conditions.
Adopting modern working methods allows staff to work in a flexible way and focus on projects without the distractions of the work place. If a staff member cannot make it to the office for a particular reason, the ability to access the system remotely allows them to complete jobs on time and ensure client deadlines are met.
A system failure while travelling can prove to be a major issue for a user, so at CSE we offer a range of options, from remote access internet support, to the provision of a couriered laptop replacement service.
Whether or not we embrace the practice, working in a ‘virtual office’ is becoming increasingly more common.
At one end of the scale individuals can work remotely from home on the office Remote Desktop Server to catch up on any work which could not be completed in the office, perhaps because of a critical timing issue, or illness.
At the other end of the scale, a large number of employees spread across the world, can collaborate in a virtual environment, by email, phone, and video, either on one or multiple projects. These employees can be located in their local office or even at home.
The financial advantages for a company, such as saving on office space, or the reduction in the cost of travel, can be very attractive.
Alternatively, an employee who has to travel on business can use a range of mobile devices, all linked to the internet, providing (in most situations) instant access to all their important data. Thus, they will always be in contact with both their office and colleagues as well as clients.
Useful software tools to achieve this virtual office collaboration are provided by Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps and others, whilst hardware from a number of manufacturers can range from mobile phones, tablets or laptops to desktop workstations.