Let’s list some of the technologies that enable smooth teleworking.
Teleworking used to be much different than it is nowadays. One used to telework by checking their emails and getting stuff done on a personal hard drive and with access to a limited set of software. Today, teleworkers can utilize many different technologies to help them with the tasks. Let’s list some of the technologies that enable smooth teleworking.
Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Virtualization is extremely convenient and it enables you to make use of the SaaS (Software as a Service) technology. The most popular virtualization instance is DaaS (Desktop as a Service). This is also called remote access or remote desktop technology. Namely, such software includes Teamviewer or Securelink. This technology allows you to access your computer from afar, i.e. to access a virtual version of your desktop from a remote location. This is one of the essential components of your teleworking toolbox.
Cloud computing has become one of the essential components to any business. It is important to note that your cloud infrastructure should be thoroughly secured. By working in the cloud, colleagues can communicate instantaneously and share files in the same way. I spent a whole year working in Jordan and was extremely satisfied with Orange. They offer a lot of free space and a secure access to your personal cloud so I strongly recommend it.
The most useful feature of the cloud environment is the fact that you do not have to have anything stored on your personal computer, nor do you need to carry your work computer with you.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN is used for enforcing security measures on teleworking activities. The use of VPN is essentially why teleworking is a viable option. Nobody wants to give away confidential information.
What a VPN does is provide the users with a private and a secure connection between two devices. This communication is often between a home computer and the companies’ servers, for example. The VPN gives workers access to all the documentation that they would have access to in the office and it makes that connection as secure as possible.
Electronic Content Management (ECM)
Access to remote files depends on their availability, i.e. that those files are not located on some physical drive or a private network. Electronic content management systems enable you to manage content electronically.
EMCs are used for aggregation of content from various content sources, such as emails, online forms, scanned documents and multimedia content. These pieces of content are stored in a single repository, from which they can easily be accessed, managed and retrieved.
Modern Phone Systems
New phone systems can turn your mobile device into a fully functioning office. These “office” phones act as your regular desktop phones, without jeopardizing the safety and privacy of communications, nor do they influence your personal phone usage. These unified communication systems integrate with web chat, voice, email, and calendar to work together and can merge with the customer resource management systems.
There are plenty of solutions for remote work nowadays. Virtual offices are also popular. Technology and the speed at we can utilize it both help us to automate certain tasks and communicate with team members much easier than before.