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Remote Working: 4 Ways to Future-Proof Your IT

12-02-21

Remote Working: 4 Ways to Future-Proof Your IT 

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” 

We’ve no doubt you’ve heard this quote from Benjamin Franklin. Though overused, you can’t deny the cliché holds very true.  

Although nothing could have prepared us for the pandemic and its impact on our businesses, we can begin to prepare for the future workplace. 

For many, this means employees working remotely more often or businesses going remote full-time 

The pandemic has provided the ideal proof of concept for working from home. So much soas we plan our returns to the office, we find ourselves asking: “Do we ever need to return to the office full time again?. In fact, 74% of organisations plan to keep the increase in home-working after coronavirus.*  

As remote working becomes a viable option long-term, it’s more important than ever to set up and future proof an agile workforce.  

While there’s much to considerincluding employee wellbeing and remote working policies, what do you need to think about when it comes to your IT?  

Here are 4 ways to future-proof your business IT for long-term remote working 

  1. Cloud collaboration tools  

A platform that keeps remote teams engaged and working co-operatively is key to business efficiency.  

There are many collaboration tools out there like Slack, Trello and Google Docs. With these, however, you can find yourself jumping between various platforms to complete different tasks. Not the most efficient use of your time! 

We recommend Office 365, which provides everything you need in one place to keep your remote teams productive from wherever they are. As well as providing a quality email solution, its impressive suite of tools lets you achieve many valuable tasks, including:   

  • File storing 
  • File sharing 
  • Real-time document editing 
  • Integration with your CRM  
  • Task and project management 
  • Video calling and group chat   
  • Calendar sharing 

In short, everything your teams need to collaborate and communicate more effectively. 

  1. Data security

Remote working has forced businesses to rely more on online collaboration tools. The problem is that many are not aware that they must back up their data.  

Establishing a data backup and recovery plan is essential to keep your business data secure, minimise downtime and prevent data loss. 

You can backup data in many ways – like an external hard drive – but considering online backups for remote workers is must if you want a safer and more reliable solution. Online data backups keep your data in a secure and remote location, giving you increased security and a quick and easy way to recover your files in the event of data loss. 

  1. Investing in mobile devices 

It goes without saying that equipping your teams with the right tools is essential to keeping them connected and productive. 

If you’re considering long-term remote working, your computer hardware must be up to scratch and fit for purpose. That means checking your teams’ devices are performing as they should be and suitable for agile working.  

Mobile devices like laptops or tablets, smartphones and headsets are all essential for remote working – particularly if your staff work in the office for part of the week.   

We know that buying new or upgrading computer hardware for your business is an expense. But investing in the right hardware can save you a lot of hassle and lost time in the long run.  

If you’re looking to buy new IT equipment for your business, we can help you get the best price. Get in touch today to find out more.    

  1. Partnering with aIT services provider 

Managing a remote workforce comes with numerous challenges for a business. By working with a managed services provider (MSP), like ITE Services, you can tick the task of managing your business IT off your list. 

There are many other benefits of managed IT services for your remote workforce, including: 

Improved securityan MSP will keep your devices protected by keeping your software and systems updated, as well as installing anti-virus software in all your workstations. What’s more, your provider can regularly back up your data – a business essential if your remote worker’s device crashes. 

Expert supportwhether you work from your office or your home, you need the same support level when it comes to your IT. With an MSP, you can benefit from the specialist support of IT professionals who are experts in their field and trained to manage your business IT effectively. 

Excellent customer service: thanks to Service Level Agreements, you’re likely to receive a high-quality service and straightforward IT managementWith a dedicated team of IT expertsworking with an MSP means any IT issues will be responded to swiftly, so your business downtime is reduced. 

Learn more about the benefits of outsourcing IT support services.

Whether you decide to go back to the office full time, part of the week or go entirely remote, effective IT is needed to keep your business functioning efficiently and securely. 

Looking to future-proof your IT? Talk to us today to find out how the ITE Services team can help you. 

*Institute of Directors Survey 2020