Storms and the threat of tube strikes have made it a winter of discontent for many commuters and businesses in Brighton and the South East.
The south coast was spared some of the worst weather but there has still been the ongoing problem of traffic jams on key road arteries such as the A27 which eat into the working day.
The way to beat the bad weather and traffic congestion is to use remote working solutions. These are much more effective and reliable than ten years ago.
However, don’t rush in by choosing something your friend recommends. First, seek advice from an experienced IT consultant.
Southampton and Brighton IT consultants
Many enterprises in Brighton and Southampton call the Computacenter because it’s big and well known but others contact smaller IT providers who are very adept and agile. They can tailor the best solutions to suit the individual growth plans and budgets of specific businesses.
A remote solution should include IP-based telephony. It’s much cheaper to run than PSTN and your people aren’t tied to using a fixed line in the office. IT solutions from Citrix, such as XenApp and XenDesktop, can make your office totally mobile by giving people remote access to all their files and applications.
Gary Jowett from Computer & Network Consultants says: “Unforeseen disruption can seriously affect businesses that depend on everyone working in the office. So, remote working solutions are an important contingency measure – but they’re also good to have for normal working conditions. A field force manager can load latest sales figures to a central database from his home or hotel. Or, he can stage a conference call with his far-flung team. An engineer who’s out on a repair job can order new parts online while he’s on the road so the repair is completed quickly.”
Going remote doesn’t mean being less able to control your company.
It actually gives you more control and improves staff morale by giving them more flexibility.
In the long run, such flexibility can be just as important as higher salaries or more holiday entitlement.