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Mobile working – an introduction

Technology has allowed the way we work to evolve, but what are the current tools for out-of-office working?

Long journeys and outside the office meetings used to mean one thing. You were incommunicado. This time would be usually be spent worrying the whole operation would fall apart without you at the helm, or as a opportunity to relax and clear your mind of office responsibilities – albeit until you pulled into Waterloo station.

Today, of course, it’s all different. Step onto a train or into your nearest cappuccino bar and chances are you’ll be sharing a space with half a dozen people taking work related calls, entering data into personal digital assistants (PDAs) or logging onto the office email system via their wirelessenabled laptops.

Wherever you are these days, you can take the office with you. And depending what you’re prepared to carry in your pocket or briefcase, you can not only take that allimportant call from a potential customer but also answer email, review a Word file or enter information into a CRM system. In other words, being in a specific location – i.e. the office – is no longer a prerequisite for doing serious business.

This won’t be news to you. The question is how do you choose the right solution for your business in terms of connectivity and hardware?

This section will tell you all about:

  • Handhelds and Laptops
  • Wireless LAN
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Email on the go
  • BlackBerrys and smartphones

Source: Accessing email remotely

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