How technology can help you manage your business through the COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 crisis has put Australian businesses into a completely different environment. The speed of change has been startling, and all of us have had to adapt to a new way of working. Technology plays a big part in making that as easy as possible.
As a business that focuses on helping our clients to transform the way they work, it’s a challenge we are helping with daily. When working remotely, it’s important that you have access to the same systems and information that you would in the normal office environment. It’s no different for our team at Inland Digital, as we make a series of changes to help our business continue to operate in these challenging times.
Here are a few technology solutions that I think are crucial to your team being able to work from home:
1. Access to business information
Nearly every office worker needs access to real-time business information in today’s economy. That means that to do our jobs effectively, we need the same access we have at the office. Whether it’s internal data, client records, contracts, accounts…the common denominator is access when you need it.
Plenty of solutions exist for storing documents and information in the cloud, however, where you might see value is in a solution that enables you to not only store business data, but also build intuitive workflows that can adapt how you use and share this information in your new business reality.
At Inland Digital, we’ve been helping our clients to rollout a cloud-based document management solution. It can be rolled out remotely, meaning no technician needs to be onsite, and we can have you up and running in as little as an hour. Click here to see it in action.
2. Make it easy to collaborate
Working remotely can leave your staff feeling cut off from their colleagues, however, there is no need for this to be the case.
Video conferencing is all the rage at the moment and rightly so. However, there are solutions that can enable you to work smarter, not just via video, but also in real-time on the same interactive whiteboard.
They’re called SMART boards, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes, even portable options. They make it easy to run team meetings and still work collaboratively while working remotely. Click here to check them out.
3. Look to take tech home
For some of your team, there is a need to access more than just a laptop. Lots of technology can be in the cloud, but in some cases, you need access to technology at your place of work, whether that be an office or a living room.
Print is an example. Some roles still require printing, but how do you deploy it if your team is at home? Are they expected to use their own home printer (if they have one) and how is that managed? Ditto for scanning. If they’re scanning information for you, how do you manage that remotely?