Staying connected in business

Clients regularly ask us to provide information, advice and guidance on how technology is helping to keep businesses connected, for example enabling employees to access information and data from multiple locations, or through enabling face-to-face meetings from different locations..

The way in which business is conducted has been rapidly changing over the past decade. As a work force, we are no longer reliant on office locations to carry out our work. However, remote working does create its own issues, so how do you effectively communicate with your remote employees?

Having the right productivity tools that offer a high level of collaboration is key to the supporting a mobile work force. But these tools are not the exclusive domain of mobile employees. Collaborative working can happen wherever you are.

Having access to information and people is key to a company’s success. Sharing resources and using them efficiently saves time and ultimately money.

Do these questions sound familiar: 

  • How many times have you had to search for that important email?
  • How often do you find yourself been up against tight timeframes in order to complete an important document?
  • Have you ever tried to arrange a meeting but the right people are not in the office?

It can be frustrating, time consuming, and unnecessary.

Giving your employees the right business tools will help them to be more productive. These tools will dramatically cut the time wasted trying to locate information and resources that should be readily available to them.

But, what are the right tools and more importantly how do we use them? In the fast pace of business today, you don’t have the luxury of time. You need tools that are easy to use and can be integrated into your existing systems with minimal training.

Cloud based solutions such a Remote desktop, Share Sync, Skype for Business, Hosted Exchange, Hosted SharePoint and Host PBX are great tools for collaborating between colleagues. They are also easy to rollout and intuitive to use. We always recommend you go for a 30 day trial of these services.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the features these services offer.

Remote desktop Remote Desktop Services allows a user to access applications, data and even an entire desktop running on a remote computer over the Internet. The client access device can either be a full rich Windows personal computer, Mac OS, Tablet or smart phone.

ShareSync: for syncing documents securely with multiple devices and sharing information between teams. The co-editing function allows users to work on documents at the same time with version control management.

Skype for Business: for communicating securely with team members anywhere at any time. The IM and presence functions mean you can send a message and get a response straightaway.

Hosted PBX: a cost effective method keeping staff connected. You can set up an office anywhere and your number comes with you. Particularly beneficial to businesses that have multiple sites with employees who are remotely working.

Hosted Exchange: the workhorse for a lot of businesses. It can integrate with all solutions I have mentioned. (And contrary to recent news articles about the demise of email, it is still and will be a pivotal communication solution for most businesses for the foreseeable future).The shared calendar, contacts and tasks features also allow teams to schedule far more efficiently.

SharePoint: provides a sound platform form-sharing document, especially in a project environment. It can also be easily configured as a corporate Intranet for wider sharing.

Contact FSI Cloud to find out how your business can stay connected.

 

 

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Tony Cohen

Tony joined BT in 1987 and chose to develop his career in data communications. He moved from an engineering to programme management role with Global One before taking up a position as Global Account Director in 1999. Tony joined iPass in 2002 where he was Head of channel sales before moving to Intermedia to grow their European channel sales organisation. In 2012 Tony joined FSI Cloud as General Manager to accelerate the development of their hosting and managed IT solutions division.

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