VPN Technology has been around for years now, (in fact the first ever VPNs were introduced back in 1996) since then, they have allowed enterprises with remote workforces, such as on-the-road salespeople, to enable those remote workers to access corporate assets on the corporate network from remote locations.
Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean and miserly old man with no family and even fewer friends, is sitting in his office counting his bitcoins, when suddenly the network goes down. Again.
“Cratchit! The internet has crashed again. Go fix it!” He hollers.
Bob Cratchit, smiles benevolently and shakes his head. The silly old sod has no idea about technology; Scrooge thinks ‘hardware’ is only sold in an ironmongers and that ‘application’ is something to do with haemorrhoid cream.
“The internet hasn’t crashed, sir,” Bob explains. “It’s the old network that you refuse to update. Look, all your businesses are offline.”
“New network, bah humbug! There’ll be no Christmas break for you Cratchit until you get this lot back up and running. I’m losing money hand over fist!”
“Hmmm tight-fist.” Cratchit mutters.
Our recent research into the construction industry shows it has had it as tough as any other sector in 2020 – projects were delayed or cancelled, supply chains were unreliable, social distancing proved an on-going logistical and practical challenge and the lack of financial reserves many construction companies operate without has brought a sense in instability in an already unstable world. But that very same research shows clear trends for 2021 on how the construction sector plans to recover and future proof. And some have already begun that task.
Small and medium-sized business owners could be excused for thinking that SD-WAN is provided by corporates for corporates, but a new partnership between SDWAN Solutions and Adaptiv Networks has been forged via a combined mission to break through the glass ceiling of SD-WAN provision to bring tailored SD-WAN to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK and Europe.
Now, even if your business has only a handful of sites, just one site with staff who also need to work remotely, or even if you simply want to ensure your team members can work at home, remotely and in office locations without buffering or delay, together we will tailor an SD-WAN Solution for you, with up to 65% savings compared to traditional MPLS.
The news that retail giant Intu is at the point of calling in the administrators is yet another blow to an already suffering retail sector. For a shopping mall giant to reach potential bankruptcy (or perhaps more likely, be seeking a bail-out from the government or private sector) it becomes all too apparent that if they go, they may well take other retailers with them.
From mothballed global supply chains to shuttered high streets, and now deserted and locked shopping centres, retail is looking to make cost savings across every facet of their operations, from the shop floor to head office, logistics to buying – and that’s where we can help save potentially millions!
As someone who’s worked remotely for the best part of 20 years (the last 13 of those from Ibiza) the idea of going into an office daily fills me with abject horror – the constant din of multiple phone conversations, the continual ducking off for coffee, lunchtime queues for damp sandwiches and the sharing of lavatory space…..Eeeeek.
Coronavirus, or COVID-19 has created challenging, uncertain and ever changing times for businesses everywhere. Success, or even now survival, is down to how your business, or even your entire workforce, reacts to change, how you learn from it and most importantly how you adapt. Don’t focus on what you can’t change; try to see the positive in every situation and work with that.
Here we’ve created a guide to both working at home as a remote worker – what things to avoid and how to stay focussed, and as a business how to get the best from remote working and home workers.