In a recent study conducted by Cisco WebEx by Wakefield Research, small business owners will spend up to four weeks working remotely. They will do by using online tools and web collaboration to stay in touch and get the job done. The survey was conducted between June 6 and June 14, involving the owners of businesses with 100 or fewer employees.
Summer may be the time for vacations, but small business owners can’t afford to be away from the office for long. To make the most of work and personal time, many plan to work remotely, on average, 18 days this summer, according to the survey of 500 U.S. small business owners.
One way to get it done is with a free basic account from WebEx.
15% say they intend to work remotely 36 days or more. Read More »
Tags: Basic, business, remote, remote worker, research, small business, study, telecommute, WebEX
Q: My company has been trying to figure out how we can do better at connecting our remote users to our main site, as well as making our other location seem like it’s right next door. Any advice?
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Tags: ask cisco, Cisco Small Business, communications, firewalls, remote, remote users, routers, small_business, switches, unified communications, video, Voice
I read something the other day: today is the future’s past.
And I thought about that for a bit and decided to turn it around to machine builders. Today you deliver machines to end users that utilize your machines to make things. Tomorrow that end user will want more from that machine. How will you deliver it? Because if you don’t, you will really be in the past.
Part of the answer lies in Secure Remote Access. Part of it lies in trust between you and the end user (who by the way is your customer, if you haven’t figured that out).
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Tags: access, Automation Fair, Cisco, diagnostics, remote, Rockwell Automation, secure, secure remote access
Clearly defined goals and the right tools help ensure communication success
In a small company, keeping the lines of communication open with your employees might seem like a no-brainer. But if some or all of your team works remotely—in a branch office, on the road, or at home—staying in touch can seem like a full-time job. It doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and attitude, remote employees can stay productive and in touch with each other and their clients.
Here are five tips to improve communications with mobile workers:
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Tags: communication, mobile workers, remote, small business
Business-critical data should be secured at each point along its path—from remote devices to its destination
Although some security incidents are caused by malicious individuals, many data breaches are actually the result of a careless mistake or simple forgetfulness on the part of an employee that is then exploited by a hacker. An unsecured smartphone lost in the airport can allow anyone access to email accounts, for instance. Or a laptop with outdated antivirus software can easily be compromised by new attacks.
Regardless of how it happens, a data breach can suddenly put your company’s business-critical information at risk. With more information now in the cloud and places other than your own network, to fully protect your data, you need to make sure it’s secured in three places: on your employees’ devices, while in transit between those devices and the Internet, and at its destination, including possibly a service provider’s environment. Read More »
Tags: remote, security, vpn