There’s no way around it, the global Coronavirus pandemic has caught businesses off guard. The time for enabling remote work has come much sooner than expected for many organizations that now don’t have time to plan and weigh their options. We know that many legacy programs, old equipment, and manual processes are holding businesses back from being able to run seamlessly when their employees can’t physically be in the office, but we’re here to help guide you through the process. Here are our recommendations for creating a remote work environment.
Laptops & PCs
It won’t come as a surprise, but laptops are in high demand right now. They may be easier to get your hands on than toilet paper, but probably not for long. The benefit of a laptop is the ability to work from anywhere. We recommend having a docking station in the office, and one at home. This way your employees can seamlessly switch back and forth between two office setups. While businesses are struggling to find inventory, we were able to secure some Dynabook Tecra X40-F Laptops to help businesses supply laptops to their employees. These laptops are equipped with 8th Generation Core Intel Processors, touchscreen displays, and a new magnesium alloy body that makes them incredibly lightweight.
Another great option is helping your employees get their home office set up with a PC. Many users are already used to working with a desktop in the office and it may be the easiest way to replicate their at work office experience. We are currently able to offer both Dell OptiPlex Small Form Factor PCs and Dell OptiPlex Micro Form Factor PCs in stock and ready for delivery. A great reason to buy desktops today instead of laptops is their price-performance value. They typically are less expensive than laptops and offer great computing value for the price. They also have a compact footprint that won’t encroach on your employee’s home office space. While they’re small, they don’t compromise on performance. We are also an Authorized HP Partner and still have some availability on our usual lineup of HP Laptops and PCs.
Document Management Software
One of the biggest barriers businesses face now is the inability to access documents outside of their facilities. Whether your documents are still in paper format, or are being digitally saved somewhere you can only access on the network, a good Document Management Solution is a must to get your team on the same page (document pun intended).
We offer DocuWare Cloud, which allows you to store business documents digitally and make them securely available to anyone on your team, anywhere they are. We know that so much of your business workflow relies on documents, so having them unavailable through this crisis simply isn’t an option.
You rely on phones to keep in touch with your customers, so what do you do when no one is there to answer the phones? With Unified Communication, someone can be there to answer the business line, right from their mobile phone, from the safety of their home. We offer solutions that can help you continue to engage with your customers over the phone, from wherever you are. Not only that, you can also help your remote employees stay in touch with each other through integrated phone, meetings, and team messaging.
Remote Work Tools
We are an Office 365 and G Suite Provider. These are both great options to make sure your employees have the productivity tools they need to do their jobs, while also enabling open lines of communication with group chat, meetings, and video conferencing. Office 365 gives you all the latest versions of things like Outlook email, Word, Excel, etc. G Suite gives you Gmail, Sheets, Docs, and more.
Software Security & Remote Access
Our Software Security & Remote Access bundle gives your business a wealth of tools to weather the storm securely, and with as few issues as possible. It includes Webroot for help stopping malware and zero-day threats with a unique next-gen approach. You also get Cisco Umbrella, your first line of defense against threats on the internet, LogMeIn Pro to help provide remote access to your networked devices, Remote Monitoring and Management, and our Client Communicator.
We are committed to doing everything in our power to make this process smooth for your business as you navigate your options. Let us work with you to come up with a plan that will set your business up for remote work success.