“Costs go down and the technology available – broadband uptake for example, high, with over 50 percent of small firms use, ‘asserts David Wallace, information and communication technology advisor for Business Link london.
Not all technology tried and tested
Although the take-up of broadband has prevailed, the other technology that can handle mobile office environment, such as WiFi and 3G telecommunications technology very early stage anyway, so it’s worth considering it in Ideally if you want to invest in them.
Explains Business Link for London as Wallace, WiFi potentially very interesting and useful if you are working from a location that is not your office, but not yet proven.
“One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to the take-up of technology among small businesses is a reluctance to invest in it until it is proven. 3G promises a lot but a high level of take-up some way off. SMEs will need to see that many people deploy and see the benefits, Wallace believes.
According to Business Link for London, 3G is considered by many as a toy rather than business tool, and is seen as a “good to have”.
If the remote work options your business could use some, than most, the time, the serviced office can give you the flexibility to access the latest technology without incurring long-term costs. Many of them offer broadband connectivity and some offer WiFi.
You can attract the right staff
MeetingZone Conferencing service providers offering managed web audio and web conferencing services. The company has 14 employees, of which only eight made the company’s headquarters in Oxford with the rest based in the UK. As explained founder Steve gandy and Tim Duffy, access the latest broadband and mobile technology is the key to making it work set-up.
“We set up offices in the south east because that is where Tim and I live and because this is a major hub for business in the UK But since we are looking for highly specialized expertise, we know not We always find all of our staff. this area when we started we were not in a position to offer an excellent package of incentives for people to move. “Gandy said.
While the company has its headquarters in Oxford, MeetingZone sales force spread across the country – from Hampshire and the Midlands in Scotland – working from their home office.
All workers MeetingZone put broadband internet access and connection to the server company in Oxford, so they can access the sales database, email, documents and other materials if they are in office.
Instant messaging service to be a valuable tool for team MeetingZone to keep in touch on a daily basis. The team met face-to-face once per month, and use audio and web conferencing to all other meetings.
In addition to the more formal weekly update calls, conferencing systems the company provides round the clock access to ‘conference’ in virtual for the whole team.
Much work – top tips
Make sure all your key data backed up
Obtain appropriate insurance for kit
Do you want to do with traditional office system and install anti-virus software
Make sure you have secured your wireless connection
Case Study – Mobile Technology saved us £ 60,000
Northlink Ferries provides passenger and freight transport services between mainland Scotland and the Orkney and Shetland Islands. It has five offices in the port of five different locations, four ships will continue to carry goods and passengers as well as a separate headquarters which based ordering system.
All operational areas, including vessel, is part of the WiFi local area network (LAN). Once secure, stable network connection means Northlink can quickly transfer data from different areas, ensuring financial and management information systems better. Logistics and operational information as well as streamlined. Are also automatically generated list of passengers. In general, it has saved around £ 30,000 per year.
“Operating under the demanding conditions of the contract, aims to provide valuable services to customers, we have no other choice but to look at the effective use of technology,” said commercial director Gareth Crichton.
Crichton believes that effective communication also brings savings to productivity. There is a flat management structure where 20 Northlink managers often travel between the port and the ship office, it is quite important that they can work anywhere as if they were in their own office. With wireless connectivity, they can access the network via a laptop and keep up to date with all the latest information. The savings made in terms of time efficiency is estimated at around £ 30,000 per year.