So Far Away From Me: Why Remote Working isn’t as Scary as it Sounds

By Jay O’Connor, CMO, Blue Jeans Network

Tim Bray, perhaps best known as one of the original co-authors of the XML specification and currently a high profile developer advocate at Google announced in February he would be leaving the tech giant after four years. His reason? Google refused to let him work from his home in Vancouver, Canada – insisting instead that he base himself in San Francisco with the rest of his team.

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Adopting An Agile Working Culture

Phil Jones, Brother UK MD

We are all aware that 9-5 desk working is becoming something of a rarity in business. The concept of work/life balance is being replaced with work/life blend as more and more people work out of hours and away from the office. We check our work emails on our phones, join conference calls from trains and prepare for meetings in our hotel rooms.

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Tablet Troubles

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

British businesses are paying a high price for the introduction of tablets in the workplace with 47% of users experiencing tablet failures in the past two years. Those with tablet troubles have experienced an average of 3 failures during this period and an average repair or replacement time of 2 weeks. The tablet troubles were identified in one of the first studies to examine the reliability of tablets used for British business.

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Go Global Or Go Local

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Are you using the potential of local search to its full potential? Most businesses aren’t. However, businesses that target their ads locally can reach new customers in their area who are searching for a business just like theirs.

What about Global search? What are the opportunities there?

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Are Your Invisible Home Workers Putting Your Information At Risk?

By Christian Toon, Risk and Security at Iron Mountain

Research[1] from Iron Mountain suggests that close to two thirds of employees in Europe are now able to work from home for all or part of the time. This ranges from once every two to three months for three per cent of employees to full-time home-working for 15 per cent. In each case the picture will be a similar one. Between the hours of nine in the morning and six in the evening or so, these employees will be found in front of a computer or on the phone, in their home office or at the kitchen table, connected to their documents, the office and their colleagues. The company knows where they are and what they are doing.

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Mobile vs. Desk Working

By John McGeachie, VP of Evernote

The last five years has seen a monumental shift in the landscape of technology in the business world. To set the scene, five years ago Apple’s first iPhone had been out just a year and their app marketplace that would one day grow to hold nearly a million apps, had only just launched. Android was just becoming available on smartphones around this time and adoption has grown at a torrid pace since then. Not to be left behind, Microsoft was also in the mix with their own compelling offering in terms of user experience, interoperability and connectivity with critical corporate infrastructure and data.

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Does Working From Home Always Weaken Office Communication?

By Michael Grant Founder and Managing Director of UCi2i

Remote working has always been a sticky subject among businesses as there are always questions raised over whether it can have a detrimental effect on colleague communication. Common themes often relate to feeling isolated, self-discipline, managing to separate your work life from family life and losing that collaborative office culture.

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How To Create Competitive Advantage With ‘Unified’ Remote Working

By Ralf Ebbinghaus is CEO at unified communications specialist, www.swyx.com

It wasn’t so long ago that the phrase, ’I’ll be working from home today’ would have been met with cynical smiles and knowing winks from everyone in the office, especially during a crucial stage of a test match.  Yet despite the recent well-publicised u-turn by Yahoo on insisting staff work statically in the office, remote working continues to have a growing impact and popularity amongst SMES in the UK.  Recent ONS (Office of Statistics) figures show that well over 12% of UK workers now operate remotely from their designated offices.

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