Happy New Year, and welcome to 2012. This could be your year of business ubiquity. What I mean is with the use of current and cost affordable hardware and software, we can work from almost anywhere, at any time, as effectively as we do in the office – and sometimes more so! For instance, as I write this blog post on New Years’ Day, I am still in my PJs sitting in my living room chair in front of a fire with a football game on the TV. I can assure you in years past I would not have gotten dressed and driven into the office to write this article. Further, after I write this, I’ll probably work on other stuff for a few minutes here and there as I feel like it. And it’s not just business owners that can do this – it’s your staff too!
So, on a normal day, after getting the kids on the bus, I sit down in my soft-comfy recliner at about 7am and begin my workday by opening my laptop and logging into Microsoft Outlook to read e-mail and review my calendar. I am not talking about a watered-down “OWA“ version of Outlook. I am using a full installation of Outlook on my laptop that is now able to communicate directly with our company Exchange server back at the office over my in-home wireless Internet connection – and the experience is just like when I’m connected to our network in the office.
When I finally arrive at my first meeting of the morning, if I find I have arrived a little earlier than my counterpart - no need to be frustrated over wasted time, I just reach for my smart phone (I currently carry the iPhone 4) and can do any number of helpful things such as responding to e-mail, reading the mornings news (local, national, or just about anything in print), watching the morning news (local, national, or just about anything on TV) or catch up with people via social networking such as Linked In or Facebook.
Following my breakfast meeting, frequently I have a lunch appointment in this same area – rather than burning 30 minutes driving to the office and 5-10 more minutes of water-cooler talk, I decide to slip over to Panera Bread, Paradise Bakery, or any one of the local restaurants that now offer free wi-fi. Once there I remotely connect in to our Microsoft Terminal Server for access to all my office applications, web applications, and data – just like sitting in the office. And, now that we use the Cisco Small Business UC series phone system at work, any calls at the office simultaneously ring to my cell phone.
It is 2012. It is a new year… and hopefully a new economy is emerging. Is your staff armed with the technology they need for business ubiquity?
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As President and co-founder of Crossroads Business Solutions, Rob Green is responsible for the day to day operations of this central Indiana IT Outsourcing Company. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management, as well as an MBA in Finance from Butler University. Over his 25 year career, he has obtained a broad array of Sales, Accounting, and Operational experience with businesses of all sizes, from startup to Fortune 500 high-tech corporations.
Crossroads Business Solutions is a central Indiana company providing Professional IT Services including advice, design, implementation, management, and maintenance support to small and medium size businesses that typically have 1 or no IT personnel on staff. To receive additional technical updates, sign up for our quarterly newsletter here.