If you are still racking your brain to understand how to support your company in fully embracing the philosophy of remote working, guaranteeing flexibility and full mobility to your employees, without having to give up security, control and efficiency in the management of your IT infrastructure… well, then you’ve come to the right place!

The main objective of remote working is to transform traditional working environments and processes to make organizations more flexible and dynamic, focused on objectives and results, not on rules, and therefore also capable of adapting to the rhythms and personal needs of the their employees, in order to allow them to perform at their best, adapting in a complementary way to the needs of each one’s private or family life.

Part of this transformation, in recent years, has been to rethink spaces, make corporate borders and hours “fluid”, allowing people to work remotely anywhere (from home, from abroad, from a coworking space and not just from peripheral company offices) and at times that are also different from office hours. Offices have become places used in a variable and dynamic way, and so it now makes sense to share workstations and reorganize spaces by giving up fixed workstations, assigned offices or large meeting rooms in the face of many small collaboration rooms (Huddle Rooms).

Yet, enabling the employee to full mobility (keeping his operations unchanged), as well as creating company kiosks or shared workstations, seems to clash with the practical needs of the IT administrator. Primarily with its need to guarantee each user full functionality and access to their business tools, but also with the operational needs of control, security and uniformity on all company’s workstations, also in order to be able to efficiently manage the entire endpoint fleet without multiplying costs and times.

Buying PCs (typically laptops) for personal use, to be delivered to employees, enriched by client versions of company software to use in totally “free” mobility, impulsively seemed for many companies the only way forward, also faced, perhaps, with having to “park” one’s virtual environment, activate special secure connections via VPN and having to devise complex and fragile (as well as potentially dangerous!) technical stratagems to guarantee a minimum of control, management and IT assistance. In short, while the whole company becomes “smart” it’s precisely the IT part that is forced to adopt “least smart of all” working methods and solutions!

Actually, in Praim we are absolutely confident that this is not the case! On the contrary, in fact, we believe that remote working also offers IT administrators great opportunities to adopt and set up new solutions aimed at an overall simplification, harmonization, cost reduction and ease of management. How can we be so sure? We reveal you a secret…

 “Here’s our secret, a very simple secret: it is only with secure connections and ThinMan that one can manage rightly. The essential is invisible to the eyes“¹ of end users… and independent from the workstation and its location!

In fact, Praim products can be controlled, reconfigured and completely administrated even remotely, thanks to the use of connections based on the WebSocket Secure protocol from our ThinMan management console. This feature is transparent to users, but very powerful in practice, through which ThinMan establishes direct, continuous and bi-directional communication with each of the managed workstations, on which it will be possible to apply new operating profiles and distribute new shared virtual resources. To do this, it will no longer be necessary for ThinMan and the endpoints to be under the same network and to be intermediated by a Gateway or for onerous VPNs to be created for the occasion, since the established channels also operate normally on networks with NAT systems and firewalls. The continuity and bi-directionality of the channel ensures the possibility of always reaching each endpoint and knowing its status variations at any time (see also this article)… and, if desired, the connection can be made even more secure through the use of corporate private certificates.

Through Agile4PC and ThinOX4PC, Praim endpoint software solutions based respectively on Windows and Linux, it will be immediate to both the set up of shared company workstations (which are configured on the basis of the user who uses them, dynamically receiving the right profile from ThinMan) and simplifying the management of individual and mobile devices (such as laptops) to distribute access to corporate, virtual or cloud resources, always using secure communications.

So you can manage each company workstation wherever it is, even if it moves to third-party or home networks. For the user, the work experience will in any case be unchanged and immediate. Thanks to ThinMan Login (and to the other features of the USER+ Feature Pack) it’s possible to link the desktop experience to the user’s identity and role.

Therefore, whether your users are in any of your remote offices, telecommuting or away, using thin clients, old PCs or new personal laptops, with Praim products you can still guarantee them a uniform work environment and complete functionality of management and assistance on each endpoint to the IT administrator, without any additional effort. To the question “What about remote working…?” your answer will be: “Of course, there’s no difference!”.

But that’s not all: the only real secret is that total mobility and flexibility also applies to you! To do this you just need an internet connection and a ThinMan console reachable online, for example by deploying it in Cloud. In short, why administering from a basement, if you can do it from the beach? What is “smarter” than working this way?! Don’t spread it around, otherwise everyone will want to take your place!

¹ Free reinterpretation of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “[…] here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.