Yehuda Cagen

Yehuda Cagen

Remember when “going to work” actually meant getting in the car, driving in traffic, and joining your co-workers in your cubicle…at “work”?

As mobile computer services and devices – such as smart phones, iPads and other tablets – proliferate, organizations and their employees are gaining more flexibility.

According to ESG research, there still are twice as many desktop PCs as laptop PCs, but that number is rapidly shifting, making it easier for today’s workers to manage their work-life balance more efficiently.

For many sunshine-deprived workers, technologies, such as Wi-Fi networks, have literally been a breath of fresh air, allowing workers to grab their laptop and work from the park or beach. However, for organizations looking to give their workplace more flexibility, it’s also important to know the risks.

One of the more secure ways to introduce flexible workplace technology is to use terminal servers, Citrix, or any remote pc access technology that allows employees to access data from a secure, centralized location, instead of storing confidential data directly from the laptop – which is susceptible to theft, damage of lost data.

According to the Computer Crime and Security Survey, the value of the information in an average notebook exceeds $250,000. So, for employees that prefer to use their own personal devices, make sure the data can be remotely wiped if the device is lost or stolen.

If implemented correctly and securely, mobility devices enable organizations to attract better talent, retain that talent by generating better morale and goodwill with employees and their personal lives, and help an organization’s social reputation by being more “green”.

Here’s a quick story to illustrate this point. About six years ago, we spoke to one CEO who insisted he didn’t need any help in the IT department. In fact, he told us that cloud computing was not for him.

We accepted his assertion at face value, but asked what his ideal five-year plan might look like. He was very candid and said that he’d like to expand his business into several new markets (in several new states), but admitted he wasn’t sure how he’d pull it off logistically.

We then asked him about his personal goals. He told us he always wanted to move his residence to Missouri.

As it turns out, we suggested a remote IT setup that would enable him to achieve both goals without incurring onsite capital IT or personnel costs. Now, thanks to this mobile solution, he has expanded into four new states and operates his business out of Missouri.

Houston IT consulting firm, Xvand Technology Corporation, is heavily involved in helping clients creative a more flexible and efficient workplace through the use of computer services and remote pc access, and was recently recognized for exemplarily workplace practices as an Honorable Mention recipient of prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award.

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