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How mobile devices and working from home is affecting the Businesses IT structures?

Today we work more hours than ever before. As employees and as individual we are continually hooked up to our technology. And technology advances at every dizzying rates.

You may rightly think then that such a combination may mean that for the modern business the future may be looking, at least in part, decidedly powered by home and mobile working.

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Yet it seems that the predictions of an unstoppable rise of home workers hasn’t come into fruition, with workforces still set within offices, even where such office space costs, on average, £87 per square foot (Find a London Office 2015). So the question behind such work patterns is what is seemingly holding back an otherwise mobile workforce?

The factor holding back many a would be mobile workforce

As a starting point we can at least look towards the technical requirements of home working as a perceived barrier to making workers mobile, and likewise we can similarly assume that for many companies I.T. support outside of the office environment may appear too difficult a prospect to manage.

I.T. management within businesses can be decidedly tricky, particularly when said businesses are relying upon ‘I.T.’ teams where each and every staff member also has another full time role in addition to providing I.T. support for everyone else. In comparison, dedicated in house I.T. staff are an altogether more robust option. However in either of these cases there can be a range of business changes that can produce fresh challenges. And mobile working, for the under pressure part time I.T. team can seem like an almost insurmountable tick list of chores. That said even for the full-time I.T. team, with all the computer science degrees in the world, home working can still present plenty of To Do’s which need to be planned for if the company’s I.T. structure is to adapt successfully to the fresh working approach.


Mobile devices and home working… Just what makes it onto the I.T. team’s checklist?

Before we even explore just what mobile working may or may not offer the modern business let us first set out just what it is that makes it onto the I.T. team’s checklist of to dos.

A checklist of To Do’s to set up a business IT structure for home working

The average I.T. team will need to…

  1. Think about how internal systems may be integrated.
  2. Put in place a robust way of tracking every mobile phone, laptop and hard drive that will be handed out, and consider what may happen when the inevitable staff member approaches the I.T. team with a report of a lost item.
  3. Consider just how support will be provided to home workers (as a desk visit from an I.T. staff member to turn it ‘off and on again’ may be a little out of the question).
  4. Think about the provision of broadband; after all, staff members can’t be expected to burn up their own broadband without recompense.
  5. For the company who prefers micro managements and staff tracking to the minute an I.T. team may need to consider software that allows for clocking in and out.

What does this mean for the average Business IT structure?

There’s no doubt that home working changes the landscape of the average company’s I.T. structure, not least as such a checklist may alter considerably from company to company.

However these are far from insurmountable, and for the qualified and organised I.T. team setting such an extension up is achievable with meticulous planning undertaken by a collection of qualified Whizz Kids.

Creatives who can capitalise upon mobile working

London is the creative capital of the UK; it is a hub for fashion, a centre of design innovation and an advertising agency’s essential postal code. And today the emergence of 4G communications is empowering such companies to capitalise upon all that mobile working can offer. What’s more the very nature of such industries benefit hugely from workers who can operate form whenever they feel inspired and as is well-known home working provides for staff who are more productive and who on the whole have higher-morale.

So, with employees who are more efficient and free to work from environments which foster their creativity, and with that checklist of business structure IT changes entirely achievable, the option to empower your business through home working may never have seemed so attractive. So the question now may not be whether you could afford to provide for home working, but moreover can you afford not to?

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Coyler London are working with creative companies who have mastered everything but the complex technology that should be empowering them, rather hindering their progress.

So choose Coyler London and focus upon shaking up your industry with fresh ideas, rather than being constrained by lacklustre I.T. support and outmoded ways of working.

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