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|How to Untangle: A Remote Workforce|
How to Untangle: A Remote Workforce
By Bernard Gutnick, Sr Director, Product Marketing, ShoreTel
The number of U.S. adults who telecommute at least occasionally will grow to 63 million in 2016, according to a recent Forrester report.
Add anyone who is classified as a “mobile worker” and it becomes a group that IDC predicts will include more than 1.19 billion people, that's almost 35 percent of the worldwide workforce, by the year 2013.
Those are staggering figures, especially if you’re a CIO or IT director for a company whose communications network has to support remote and mobile workers.
And that’s almost every enterprise these days.
So how can you support the communications needs of a steadily growing mobile workforce while avoiding crushing costs?
What is required of your technology platform in order to provide the same rich features to employees scattered all over the world so they can be as productive and connected as their home-office colleagues?
Things can get complicated very quickly.
For this shift to mobile communications to be effective, a fundamental change is required. CIOs have to rethink the current status of their networks and to align business objectives with workforce necessities.
That is why more companies are considering unified communications (UC) and other collaboration technologies that are centered on simplicity.
Key considerations as you evaluate your network viability for supporting an increasingly remote workforce:
Number and variety of locations
Security: network access, firewall, VPN, encryption and more
Method of connection to the network
Number of devices/connections
Centralized solution versus distributed architecture
International language considerations
Resources required for supporting the network
Network redundancy and availability
Also consider the available tools and personalization features that can help people increase productivity, whether “remote” means that team members work on different floors or different continents:
Individualized call handling
Custom call routing
Simplified network management
Mobile call management
Intuitive desktop client software
Presence information that shows whether contacts are online and available to talk
To learn more about how ShoreTel in particular can help untangle your remote/mobile workforce challenges, contact us.