Is Your Businesses IT Ready for the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus
is spreading as fast as feared. Business must be ready for the worst. One priority? Protecting the
health of employees. Preparing the way for remote working is one top

News of the virus, which the WHO is now calling COVID-19, has prompted
urgent interest in remote work. Business collaboration software, virtual
desktops, and private networks can all help. This tech helps business continue
as usual, even with quarantined employees.

It’s difficult to imagine you aren’t aware of the looming health
pandemic. Trying to limit the contagion, we’ve already seen big business take
major measures. These include:

  • Nike
    temporarily closed its European headquarters when an employee was diagnosed
    with the virus. After the first death in Washington state in the U.S., the
    company also closed its world headquarters for a deep clean of its campus.
  • Twitter
    told its roughly 4,900 employees to stay home to work.

Other businesses are weighing up the options. Furloughs? Changes to
sick leave? Or encouraging work from home. The last option appeals, but how do
employees work remotely? How can they continue collaborating with people they
used to sit beside, meet in the office, or travel to see? Technological

The Right Technology for Remote Work

Remote workers want a centralized platform with a simplified (yet
secure) login process. Business collaboration software is a great enabler of
mobile, flexible work. Replace in-person meetings with voice or video
conferencing. Streamline chat, voice, and video in one software platform. Tools
such as Microsoft Teams, Google’s G-suite, or Slack, allow business to create
team channels.

Business collaboration tools also simplify access to email, calendars,
documents, and file sharing. Employees can use a single sign-on to access
business tools and data. This supports improved efficiency and increased

Providing a virtual desktop can provide access to important business
applications, as well. Virtual desktops in the cloud allow users to work
separately from their personal computers. The software virtualizes the user’s
unique desktop environment at any workstation. All the data and applications
are stored on a central server. Users access apps, folders, and toolbars from
anywhere, with a consistent, secure experience.

Using a cloud-based solution also provides peace of mind. While remote
workers access the corporate network, the sensitive data isn’t stored locally.
So, the business needn’t worry about the loss or theft of sensitive data. Plus,
cloud-based virtual desktops are easy to rapidly install outside a quarantined

Worried about securing those remote connections? Another option is a
virtual private network (VPN). A VPN connects computers, smartphones, or
tablets to a shared or public network as if connecting to a private network.
These encrypted connections to the internet secure data and protect employees’
mobile activities.

Mobile Work Helps Every Day

You can hope that your employees stay healthy and your business remains
unaffected, but why take that risk? Empowering remote work benefits business,
even without the threat of a fatal flu.

Remote teams enjoy greater work-life balance. The workers spend less
time commuting and are more productive. Empowered, they also feel trusted and
more engaged.

Meanwhile, business can save money on physical space and hardware
investments. Additionally, the hiring pool of qualified personnel expands with
remote work, and the business can offer its services more globally and
flexibly. All that’s true whether the coronavirus becomes an issue for your
business or not.

Enabling a remote workforce takes technology. Need help installing and connecting your employees? We can help.

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