Go Understand Remote Access
What is remote access?
Remote access enables people to connect to a computer network from any location using
The purpose is to be able to continue to use the organisation's systems in order to retrieve
information and send emails without the need to be office based. As long as you have
access to the internet you will have the ability to work remotely. This can be achieved by
using a wireless network, dial-up facility (though this is rare) or mobile phone access.
The main types of access available are via broadband or through a wireless network.
The future of remote access
It is likely that the number of employees working from home or remotely, (also known as
telecommuting) will continue to grow. This means that remote access is an area where
technology will continue to develop.
More and more organisations have implemented remote access because there are so many
Why remote access
By using remote access organisations can become more flexible and improve the way in
which people work. This is because people are no longer restricted to using a desktop PC
at the office but have the capability to travel or work remotely while still having the
benefits using the organisations IT infrastructure or access data on their own home PC
without actually being sat in front of it!
It has substantial benefits and a potentially fast ROI (return on investment) because it
reduces the cost of travel, i.e. people no longer have to commute long distances to the
office every day, saving valuable time as a result, thereby allowing people to become
Email productivity may also increase because personnel no longer have to wait until they
are in the office before sending or responding to emails, as well as being to use other
corporate resources such as VoIP.
Types of remote access
There are two types of remote access, the first enables you to access files and information
remotely and the second enables you to access and control your PC remotely.
The purpose of accessing your PC remotely using 'remote desk software' is to allow you
to work from your home or organisational PC as if you were sitting in front of it. The
only difference is that you will be using a third party PC or a laptop with internet access.
Benefits of remote access
• Improved productivity – personnel can work from home, hotels or anywhere where
there is internet access. It's easy to access vital information such as documents, email and
even applications that reside on the company's server. People no longer have to wait to
get in their office before being able to access and read emails.
• Personnel can continue working on projects from home.
• Increased profitability. People can respond to emails and customer requests quickly, and
regardless of whether they are travelling or not. This, as a result, can improve sales
performance and customer care.
• Quality of life. It enables people who perhaps live a long way from their office to be
able to maximise their days without necessarily spending hours travelling to and from the
office. People do generally appreciate the flexibility that remote access systems give
• It also helps attract talented workers who perhaps work too far from an organisation's
HQ to be able to commute on a daily basis.
• Retention of valued employees is improved. For example, a person who needs to move
home to another area can still continue to work for the company because distance is no
longer an issue.
• Improved efficiency. Personnel can stay in touch with their company's email and
developments regardless of location and time zones
• Computer systems can be managed remotely. This enables experts to access computers
to resolve potential technical issues without the need to be on site.
• Eliminates the need to synchronise files and other data between a person's laptop and
• Lower office overheads. Remote access systems enable companies to potentially use
smaller offices than if all employees had to be in the office at the same time every day.
• It is not necessary to carry a laptop to gain access to a network. It is possible to gain
access to an organisation's network via any third party PC or other device so this negates
to need to carry a laptop all the time.
By Ben Weiner, COO for Conjungo, the technology information resource and supplier
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