Do you want to establish a remote workforce? Or do you already have one, but your infrastructure has proven inadequate? While there are some challenges involved, by addressing the following considerations—from video conferencing to cybersecurity—you can establish a business that’s uninhibited by geographical constraints.
What to Consider to Ensure Successful Remote Operations
Giving remote users access to your network also opens up the door for unauthorized individuals to access it. As such, bolster your cybersecurity before asking employees to telecommute. Depending on your industry and what kind of traffic your network sees, that might mean configuring firewalls, monitoring the circuits, and limiting administrative access. Installing malware detection and authentication requirements at every turn will also provide protection.
Since most residential connections are not secure, ask employees to implement measures of their own for an added layer of protection. For example, they can change their home’s wi-fi password to something unique instead of just using the one that their internet provider supplied. You can also provide them with a virtual private network (VPN), which will encrypt their data.
Instead of storing most, if not all, of their files on hardware at the office, your employees will have to upload everything to the cloud once they work from home. Since cloud-based applications often have capacity tiers, that means you’ll need to upgrade. To prevent backlogs—or the loss of critical files—increase your cloud capacity before everyone starts logging in remotely. You’ll also want to invest in managed backups and disaster recovery for total peace of mind.
Which programs will your employees use to send emails and instant messages? What about video conferencing and file sharing? Naturally, different programs have different capacities.
Telecommuters across a broad range of industries use Zoom®, which is a cloud-based, peer-to-peer software platform, for video conferencing. When it comes to collaborating and task management, on the other hand, Glip® is a popular choice. If neither will meet your needs, though, a tech advisor can help you devise and implement a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution that’s tailored to your particular operations.
For help setting up the infrastructure that will allow your employees to work from home with ease, turn to C2XCEL. Based in McKinney, TX, we serve small to mid-sized businesses across the country. Our knowledgeable tech advisors help companies devise and implement practical solutions that will increase operational efficiency. With access to more than 250 suppliers, we will serve as your point of contact. To learn more about our areas of expertise—from video conferencing to cybersecurity—visit our website. To discuss your business’s needs, call (844) 422-9235.