In the last few weeks alone we’ve seen unprecedented levels of change to the way we work and the way we do business. Whilst telecommuting was once the prerogative of a chosen few, more people than ever are moving towards this flexible model of working, with communication technology paving the way for this transition.
As the island’s only locally-owned telecoms company, Wi-Manx has been supplying collaboration tools and remote working software to local businesses for over 15 years. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a useful guide to help future-proof your business with flexible working options and remote working solutions.
With your team working remotely, communication is more important than ever. Using Microsoft Teams as a hub for collaboration helps to keep you and your employees connected and communicating effectively. With chat, call and video meeting options, there is something to suit everyone’s communication style.
Multi-screen video conferencing allows you to assemble your team no matter where they are, while the chat function allows for quick questions or team announcements. You can also set up ongoing threads dedicated to a specific project or team, allowing group discussions to take place via chat.
With added features such as gifs, stickers and emojis, Microsoft Teams can help you to connect in a more informal, relaxed environment, allowing professional and friendly relationships to thrive despite the distance.
Part of the Microsoft suite, Teams allows you to share and edit Microsoft documents in real-time, allowing for instant collaboration between colleagues and even others outside of your organisation you may want or need to collaborate with, they don’t even need a subscription or the app. Using one platform to share and discuss content means you can still work together, despite working remotely.
Our Hosted Desktop allows you to remotely access your company desktop, along with any files and applications, on any device with an internet connection. Rather than storing key documents and applications across several machines, a hosted desktop allows you to store information on centralised servers, meaning you can access those important files from any location, at any time- not just when you’re at the office.
Investing in a hosted desktop affords you and your employees greater flexibility, allowing you to work remotely using either company equipment or personal devices. With a hosted desktop in place, you can continue working even if access to the office is restricted, ensuring your business can keep going no matter what.
Indeed, a hosted desktop is an integral part of any business continuity plan. Should anything happen to your office premises, your applications and documents are safely stored in one of our state-of-the-art datacentres, insuring your business against the unexpected and unplanned.
Beyond the added flexibility and business continuity, choosing a hosted desktop solution can ultimately save you time and money. A hosted desktop reduces the amount of time spent on managing and maintaining existing IT infrastructure, whilst reducing expenditure on new equipment, servers and software licenses. With a fixed operating cost, our hosted desktop solution allows your business to centralise data and collaborate across multiple devices for a fraction of the cost and effort, helping to increase productivity whilst minimising expenditure.
Investing in the right company phone system can help to improve both internal and external communication, increasing company productivity and helping your business to grow. Much like our hosted desktop solution, our Hosted PBX is stored securely in the Wi-Manx Datacentre, allowing you to access your phone system from multiple locations.
You can add or remove additional handsets or soft clients whenever you require, integrating multiple sites to ensure identical communication procedures for all employees no matter where they are. This allows your business to operate smoothly across multiple offices, whether they’re located on the Isle of Man, UK or even further afield.
With your phone system no longer tied to one physical location, you and your employees have full access to the company communication system from anywhere, at any time; all that’s needed is an internet connection. A hosted PBX affords greater flexibility to both you and your employees, allowing for flexible and remote working options that maintain company productivity.
A cloud-based communication system also offers built-in disaster recovery and business continuity. Coupled with a hosted desktop solution, our hosted PBX ensures your business keeps running even when you cannot access your office building. No matter what the circumstance, whether your office is damaged by fire or flood, or if bad weather or illness prevents your staff from coming into work, a cloud-based solution means your business can operate from any location with minimal disruption.
Integrating smoothly into our Hosted PBX, our soft client application allows you to access your company phone system from any device with an internet connection, meaning you can make and receive calls remotely using VoIP services. With a user-friendly interface and integrated contacts, BRIA makes it easy to remotely manage company calls and communications using a mobile, tablet or laptop. Having Bria downloaded on a portable device means that those important calls and messages can be answered on the go, allowing you to keep connected no matter where you are.
Bria Business not only allows full access to enhanced call-control features but also helps to improve internal communication between individuals and teams. With this in mind, Bria can be installed on up to 4 different devices and includes features such as advanced messaging, screen sharing, and multi-party audio & video conferencing, allowing your team to work together, even though they’re working apart.
Including all those tried and tested Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more, Microsoft 365 combines all your favourite business tools into one integrated productivity suite and allows you to access them on any device. Using Microsoft 365, businesses can link devices and data from any location with a single login, helping to simplify remote access and internal collaboration.
Whether using office equipment or personal devices, you can simply log-on to your company account and access Microsoft applications and company documents at any time. Cloud-storage also helps you collaborate on projects, allowing everyone in the team to share and edit documents as required.
With all the cloud-based technology that goes into remote working, you will want to ensure that all centralised information, including confidential documents and files, is properly protected and backed up. With built-in encryption, anti-virus and anti-spam software, you can rest assured that your business is properly secured against cybercrime.
With our award-winning support team, we can assist with Microsoft installation and management, providing ongoing support to make sure you get the most from Microsoft 365. Our highly trained engineers are only a phone call or chat message away, meaning you can leave the tech to the professionals and get on with running your business.
As part of Elite Group, Wi-Manx is uniquely situated in the telecoms industry- we’re a local business with international connections. Our partnerships with Microsoft, Citrix Systems and VMware mean we’re supported by some of the biggest names in the industry, enjoying extensive access to expert knowledge and cutting-edge technology.
When the experts endorse us, you can be sure that we’ll create the perfect remote working solution for you and your business.
For more information about how we can help your business work remotely, please call 663333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.