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Working from Home: New Remote Access Capability to Address Coronavirus Concerns

from COOPERMANN BLOG

COVID-19, as the novel human coronavirus is now known, is spreading around the world and that means that individuals and families – and businesses – should prepare.

Scanning electron microscope image of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (blue) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image credit: NIAID-RML

The Centers for Disease Control has said that it fully expects community transmission in the United States and is asking families to be ready for the possibility of significant disruption to our lives. This should not be a call to incite panic and doomsday scenarios, but it also is not something to be taken lightly.

Businesses need to consider how to help keep their workforce active as symptomatic individuals quarantine themselves and others look to reduce their exposure in public.

Being at risk personally is not the only reason to prepare. The primary reason to prepare is to help lessen the risk for others. Taking preventative steps to limit the spread of the disease is essential. This means doing more of what you should already be doing to help prevent the spread of any communicable disease…

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth when coughing
  • See a doctor if you are sick
  • Avoid other people if you are infected or showing symptoms
  • This means staying home from work if you are even a little bit sick

Take for example what is happening in Japan, a country known for its people spending long hours in the office as a crucial element to success. Authorities there are urging companies to break with that long-standing belief system. They are encouraging businesses to have their employees work from home to help limit the spread of the virus. Yet most businesses are not prepared to handle a remote workforce.
https://fortune.com/2020/03/01/coronavirus-japan-government-remote-work/

This is where cloud hosting services can be a big benefit for the business. Migrating on-premise desktop and networked applications to a cloud-hosted platform allows the business to continue using existing software and systems, but to run them from a cloud platform that enables workers to access from anywhere… including from home.

Rather than trying to convert to new web-based applications requiring retraining of employees and conversions of data, businesses find great success in simply moving their in-house systems to an agile, scalable cloud platform that can be accessed via the Internet. Particularly when it comes to enabling remote offices and at-home workers, a cloud hosting approach is the way to rapidly move critical IT infrastructure out of the office, providing a means to support remote workers almost immediately.

Contact Mendelson Consulting’s Noobeh cloud services team to find out how we can help you get your business ready for offsite remote access capability. The benefits are improved efficiency, reduced time to manage IT infrastructure, and the agility to adjust to changing business needs and changing conditions.

Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann

Focus is on Digital business transformation for small/medium businesses. As the principal consultant for Cooper Mann Company and Noobeh's Director of Cloud Services, Joanie Mann provides support and guidance for businesses seeking to implement cloud solutions and hosted services in their IT environments and consults with solution providers to develop or expand application hosting and application delivery service offerings. Joanie is the Director of Delivery for Noobeh Cloud Services (a division of Mendelson Consulting), and is on the board of advisors of ACE Cloud Hosting & MyRealData.com

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