If until the last month the term smart working was known only by a few, in the last period it is mentioned even in excess.
Smart working, sometimes mistakenly called telework, identifies a way of working carried out without going to a specific office, even in conditions of mobility and with a flexible schedule. The work activity is set with objectives, and the employee has a greater degree of personal flexibility, in order to manage the personal aspects of the work-life balance in greater harmony. Companies that started to introduce this way of working showed an improvement in productivity and the employees appreciated the benefits.
During this period, following the restrictions imposed for COVID-19, many companies have adopted forced smart working.
If the company has adopted the correct IT solutions, the workforce can work “comfortably” from home, using the appropriate digital collaboration tools, all interconnected and can talk and coordinate with all colleagues, sometimes even better than when they were within the company. This allows to provide continuity to corporate services, which is essential to ensure the continuation of the business in this critical moment. However, we are forced at home, at the same time we must also follow our children in their homework, with the new “smart” digital tools (another aspect that would deserve some consideration), we compete for the spaces and sometimes even the available internet band, we have limited opportunities to improve our physical well-being… Let’s face it, we are not exactly in the best conditions to define SMART this work situation! Obviously, this is a condition that highlights the critical aspects of the system and doesn’t allow the benefits to be fully exploited, but it is an opportunity for companies and employees to start applying a new model that otherwise, in some cases, would have been massively introduced in a slow way.
Many of our customers were able to implement “smart” working in a short time, others were not ready, and among these, unfortunately, also many public institutions that are urgently setting the technological solutions.
Companies that had already set up a suitable IT infrastructure had to urgently find proper devices to allow their employees to access remotely. Laptops and netbooks, new or refurbished, have been sold like hot cakes. In this context, a problem has emerged: these devices must guarantee security, they need to be administrable so as to allow access to company data and applications with a simplified, non-heterogeneous workflow and, above all, they must be manageable by a helpdesk that most likely operates in “smart” working.
The Praim ThinOX4PC software solution is allowing companies to convert PC devices, laptops, netbooks into Thin Client type access devices, fully managed and unalterable. ThinOX4PC can be installed on the device, or used directly with a boot from a USB stick, without altering the original device. Once enabled, it allows you to create a secure remote operating station that can be completely managed and assisted through the Praim ThinMan management software console, in the cloud and without the need for a VPN.
Companies that had not already set up a suitable IT infrastructure could not easily make this transition. Those who were able activated cloud solutions urgently, at least for the essential application services and provided the employees with PC devices, laptops and netbooks with Windows operating system. Also in this case, there is a need for a management system that allows the helpdesk to manage and offer assistance to remote operators. The Praim Agile4PC software solution always together with Praim ThinMan allows you to easily implement these services, even in the cloud without the need for a VPN.
Following this period many companies will be forced to complete the process digitization activities in order to maintain their competitiveness. We hope they will continue to offer their employees the opportunity to work in smart working, in a more relaxed context.