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How to Best Manage a Remote Workforce
Published by Tom Coyle on
July 21, 2020 at 9:32 AM
In order to maintain proper workflow as experienced in office spaces, home setups required implementing new, or upgrading existing, software and hardware. In April, at the height of the coronavirus outbreak, new PC purchase data showed 30% of sales were desktop PCs. Those used to desktop setups in their office spaces typically do not disassemble their workspaces to bring home, compared to the ease of simply packing up a laptop. So, this 30% desktop purchase figure may point to a realization that the worker’s normal at-home set-up did not measure up to the needs of a productive workspace.
Fragmented Workflows & Workspaces
In the digital age, many are used to a disparate, fragmented workspace–checking emails on a cell phone, participating in a video conference call via their tablet, etc. However, there is something to be said about the productivity lost without a fully equipped laptop or desktop workstation. Certainly, the occasional email sent from a smart phone after hours is easy, but is it truly possible to remain effective when tablets and smartphones are the primary tools?
In this current situation, we can assume that PC refresh cycles will shorten, with the ongoing effort to upgrade & maintain remote workforce productivity.
IT Support: A Glaring Deficiency
But there is one major player missing from the equation: an IT department or professional to assist in the transition. Today’s application and data migrations are often done manually, meaning even the experts often need help. And complex migrations are now more than just copying files to OneDrive and dragging them over to a new machine. There are many specialized applications and PC settings crucial to a worker’s role that need attention, too. This means the potential for human error and wasted time is heightened. Sadly, with IT resources scarce and expensive, migration becomes even more of a challenge for the individual remote workers.
Remote Workforce Migration
In short, in-home deployments and migrations need a new approach. Employees need to have access to simple migration steps, but the process should also be as automated as possible–even to the point of zero-touch (meaning the employee kicks the migration off with a click of a button and the rest is automated and controlled by a remote IT department). With over 37 years in the business, Laplink has the ideal remote workforce migration solution. PCmover Enterprise is a unique application that automates the transfer of application data and settings from an old PC to a new one, or even to upgrade an existing PC. We understand that data migration is not one-size fits all. That’s why Laplink makes a solution for whatever your business needs may be.
PCmover Enterprise allows you to do PC refreshes quickly and easily, even remotely, and configured to meet your specific requirements. Regardless of when you are planning to replace PCs, or at whatever scale, PCmover saves you time, budget, and reduces the headache or remote workforce migrations.
Tom is a Senior Enterprise Solution Architect at Laplink where he is responsible for developing innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of the company’s enterprise customers. With more than 32 years of IT experience, Tom has deep experience in enterprise and large organization infrastructure and operations design, engineering, implementation, support, and training as well as systems and process development, standardization, transition and optimization, in back-office, raised-floor, colocation, and cloud environments. He has held several positions managing more than 100,000 endpoints with proven success driving enterprise adoption of IT solutions including pre-sales engineering, PoC delivery, architecture integration, implementation engineering, deployment and follow-up support.