Why Enable a Mobile Workforce?

img1If you enable your employees to work where and when they like, at any hour of any day, you’ll likely see big gains in productivity.

With traditional network infrastructure, when employees are away from the office—because they’re traveling for business purposes are or are taking time off—collaboration is impossible and productivity is lost.

As a result, many companies are helping their employees to work remotely. A 2007 study by Nemertes Research revealed that 83 percent of organizations now consider themselves virtual, with workgroups spread across multiple locations and geographies. In addition, 91 percent of employees work outside of headquarters, and 96 percent use some form of real-time collaboration tools.

A mobile workforce may involve:

  • Real-time access to desktops and documents;
  • Internet and instant messaging access through mobile devices;
  • Real-time collaboration tools (such as editing documents simultaneously); and
  • Audio and video conferencing.

Companies that effectively enable a mobile workforce:

  • Improve productivity through ongoing access to information;
  • Drive business responsiveness through constant communication between employees and clients; and
  • Support work-life balance and improve job satisfaction—which helps attract and retain talent.

However, there are challenges to enabling a mobile workforce:

  • Deployment can be disruptive to your current IT infrastructure;
  • Devices and applications may be incompatible with your current infrastructure;
  • Employees may not know how to use new tools; and
  • Mobile devices and data may not be protected.

We can help you avoid these problems when enabling a mobile workforce—and at the same time, minimize your investment in technology with products that scale to support your evolving needs. Contact us for more information.

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