IT leaders are no strangers to the concept of remote workforce technology. Over the last decade, organisations have been gradually embracing the concept of part-time and flexible remote working practices. 

What they may not have expected is having to scale these arrangements for the entire workforce — sometimes within the space of a few days or weeks. Yet we’ve seen many examples of organisations effectively utilising cloud-connected tools and technology for keeping their workforce secure and productive.  

While not an exhaustive list of every technology decision that needs to be made, here are five crucial steps that every IT team needs to consider when they need to get their distributed workforce up and running. 

Find the right application suite 

Nearly every task that takes place across organisations relies on applications of one form or another. Remote employees need quick access to the business-critical applications they need for completing their work and staying connected with your customers. Cloud collaboration and productivity tools are a must for connecting your people to the tasks and information they need to be effective. 

Set up effective communication tools 

While email is still effective for some conversations, remote employees need more options for staying in touch. Without the ability to simply walk to a colleague’s desk to ask a timely question, employees need intuitive communication tools that allow them to have dynamic real-time conversations. In lieu of physical meetings, they also need secure and responsive conferencing applications that put them in the same room as their teammates. 

Develop an effective security policy 

Protecting your distributed workforce against every perceivable threat is impossible. What you can do is mitigate the greatest number of threats by recruiting your workforce as your remote security team. By developing a robust and easy-to-understand security policy, you can ensure your employees know the risks and threats they’re likely to encounter while working online. Knowledge is power when it comes to securing your distributed workforce. Make sure your people have the knowledge they need to protect their devices and data. 

Deploy scalable storage resources 

While the cloud enables organisations to quickly deploy new applications across their distributed workforce, all of these applications are continuously generating and collecting data — often stored in public cloud environments. IT leaders need to find and access secure and scalable public and private cloud resources that can scale to meet their new demands, while still giving them the control they need for compliance and security concerns. This also means having a reliable backup and disaster recovery solution. 

Leverage a streamlined device management strategy 

Devices are the new interface between organisations and their employees, and, in a distributed workforce, your device management processes are the biggest driver of organisational effectiveness. Streamlined device management means deploying secure devices that can be managed and updated with the latest applications, browsers, and operating systems remotely. Through a streamlined device management strategy, you can put the technology processes in place that will get your distributed workforce up and running fast. 

Datacom is proud to be partnering with Google to bring their Chrome Enterprise suite of Chrome OS, Chrome browser, and Chrome devices to Australian organisations who need secure and streamlined solutions for their distributed workforce today. 

Through the connected capabilities within this suite, and Datacom’s integration and security expertise, we can help you connect your new distributed workforce fast. Contact us today to learn how you can get your distributed workforce up and running quickly.

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