Work is something you do, not somewhere you go.
Remote working, mobility, flexible working. Whatever you call it, it has changed the way modern businesses operate and communicate.
We frequently hear of “technology as an enabler”. Rarely has this been as self-evident as in the mobile revolution of the past 5 years. Connectivity, unified communications and Cloud Computing have all evolved to the stage where they are no longer a barrier to efficient working.
For smaller businesses, these technologies have been a revelation. No more missed calls if your one salesperson is out on the road, no waiting to get back to the office to make a call or write a proposal, check on stock availability or confirm an appointment.
Agility is a core component of success for businesses of all sizes, but perhaps even more so for the thousands of small and medium sized businesses across the UK. If you are a rapidly growing business, or one looking to exploit new markets or geographies, the ability to scale services quickly and cost-effectively could mean the difference between success and failure.
A lot of blogs from IT companies focus on the technology itself. But, to a certain extent, what the technology enables your business to do is more important than what the technology actually is. Over two thirds of spend on IT in 2015 came from line-of-business stakeholders rather than IT departments. These “business users” expect business outcomes from their expenditure.
Success is not calculated in terms of processor speeds and storage volumes, but in improvements in collaboration, user experience and customer satisfaction. Naturally, cost will always play a role in any business decision, but new technologies have moved the discussion away from capital expenditure to operational costs and total cost of ownership.
One of the key benefits of Cloud or hosted IT solutions is that you can provision them on a per user, per month basis without a significant up-front investment in hardware and software. The ability to scale your service instantly to match fluctuations in demand or staffing numbers means never maintaining too much capacity or finding yourself unable to meet demand for essential IT and communications resources.
Modern businesses practices present us with a wave of new challenges that can effectively be addressed by mobile solutions. Staff morale and the life-work balance can be addressed with flexible working, BYOD and Cloud services. Collaboration is made easier with hosted desktop and remote file share/synch applications. Data security is improved with remote user authentication and device management.
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