Tele-working or working from home is very common in today’s business world. Staff at many companies have the ability to work from anywhere. In fact, IBM has half its staff working from home, saving them valuable real estate, overhead , and all that goes with having an office. As a consultant, I am constantly traveling, but I am still able to stay in touch with the office through my Blackberry. VPN’s allow many users to log into networks to access systems, emails, files, etc.
With cloud computing, the ability to work from anywhere is made even easier. Through hosted Microsoft Dynamics GP, all staff need to access their ERP is an internet connection. A CFO can easily review financial statements, in real time, from a Starbucks. Imagine living out your days on a beach in the Caribbean, still able to complete necessary tasks. With the invention of internet sticks that can plug into any USB, Operations Managers can carry a net-book or laptop with them and have the ability to complete sensitive tasks in an instant. Sales staff no longer need a reserved desk at the office. They can stay mobile, reaching more clients. Even administrative staff could work remotely should the need arise as it did for many last summer with the G8 summit shutting down the core of Toronto.
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