How to Enable my Staff Team to Work Remotely?
Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of UK workers who have moved into remote working has increased by nearly a quarter of a million over a decade.
What to consider when remote working? Build the right tech stack.
Utilizing technology and software can support your team to respond efficiently to your customers/business partners, not matter where they work. Ensuring a reliable, secure, and well-equipped infrastructure is the foundation of seamless collaboration and effective remote work, so make sure to invest in the tech stack that will help you bridge the physical gap.
Microsoft Office has been available for nearly three decades, with early versions combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as a bundle package. Since 2011, Office 365 has been available, differing from that antiquated package in two respects:
– Office 365 is licensed as a monthly or annual subscription rather than as a perpetual license.
– Office 365 provides a suite of online services, by combining best-in-class apps like Excel and Outlook with powerful cloud services like OneDrive (online storage), Microsoft Teams (replaced Skype for business) and Power Automate (workflow).
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based service that brings together the best tools for the modern collaborative approach people are required to work today. Office 365 is an integrated experience of apps and services, designed to help you pursue your passion and grow your business. The added advantage is Office 365 enables your team to collaborate and share documents anywhere on any device. More importantly is updated monthly with the latest features and security updates, which is essential to comply with GDPR (managing clients data and document records). With tools like voice, video, online collaboration tools, and file-sharing software, you can ensure your remote team members have an engaging and productive work experience.
What do we need to consider to enable remote working? Become a cloud-first organisation
To be able to be flexible and access documents anywhere, the first step is become a cloud-first organisation. By moving to the cloud, not only does it mean your team members can easily access documents, data, and information from anywhere, but it also lets you use new cloud-only tech such as AI.
With Azure, you pay only for the cloud services you use, it means you save money on your operation costs, and scale as your business grows. Plus, Azure is built on a secure foundation, with built-in controls to customise your user and data management.
Security and Governance
It can be a fine balance between making sure your business is secure and compliant and the productivity and flexibility of your workforce, right? But it’s possible to be secure while letting your employees get on with business – you can even increase productivity!
Azure helps protect your data with built-in intelligence, controls, and services that work across identity, data, networking, and apps. The Azure Security Center helps further strengthen your security posture, giving you the ability to detect and protect against threats
Microsoft Teams is built on the Office 365 hyper-scale, enterprise-grade cloud, delivering the advanced security and compliance capabilities our customers expect. Additionally, Teams features two-factor authentication and encrypted data (in transit and at rest).”
Your business might require that you implement strict controls on how teams are named and classified, whether guests can be added as team members and who can create teams. You can configure each of these areas by using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
The TEAMS administrator who configures the security settings, and all the members of the affected groups, must have Azure AD Premium licenses assigned to them. So, unless you have AD Premium, you cannot control who creates groups.
With built-in security built into majority of devices and apps, cybersecurity will become so seamless your employees won’t even realise they’re being protected. And it’s easier for your IT team to manage, protect, detect, and respond.
A Powerful Intranet
SharePoint empowers your business to collaborate, share information, and use applications to help make your employees more productive and transform business process.
You’ll have the ability to make sites for every project, team, or department. On these sites your teams can share documents, data, resources, and news securely and efficiently. It also has powerful search and intelligent ways to discover information and insights to guide action.
SharePoint is advertised as a document management and storage solution, but it offers a myriad of functionality beyond this that an experienced SharePoint developer can unleash.
One of the ways SharePoint can benefit your company is through enabling you and your employees to make better business decisions. You can do this through SharePoint’s Performance Point Services, which are designed for monitoring and analyzing business performance.
Using SharePoint lists and libraries alongside Microsoft Flow and PowerApps, you can easily create rich experiences with forms, workflows and customise apps. This means you can simplify and transform processes, helping accelerate productivity.
And when you create a SharePoint and document library, you can immediately make a space for it on Teams (and vice versa), making it even easier and quicker to collaborate.
For small and medium businesses, having a remote workforce can make a lot of sense. You’ll widen your talent pool as you’ll be able to hire for skills over proximity. You’ll save money on paying for office space and all the trimmings. But how can you easily ensure your remote workforce has the same dynamic and trust as an in-house team would? We will be sharing the most effective practice in making use of technology to build trust, connections, and empower your workforce to work remotely from their home office.