How to set up, manage and maintain remote offices

By Rich Hein, CIO |  IT Management

Collaboration tools play a crucial role when you are dealing with offices or clients separated by time and distance. They provide an environment where your employees can share and build ideas. There is a myriad of options out there such as Basecamp, Fuze, Sharepoint or Trello to name a few. Google offers free alternatives such Google Drive and Calendar. Whichever software or service you choose make sure of the following:

It is easy to deploy.

It protects your IP.

It integrates with your current systems.

It comes with solid support.

Related Article: Remote Workers: Avoiding Double Trouble That Comes with Them

Make sure the tools are in place to coordinate tasks among all your team members regardless of their physical location and prevent your teams from becoming single-faceted. "Distribute projects between teams in both locations, so that work isn't siloed on one particular side of the country or another. Cross-pollination is really important," says Rosenbaum.

Final Thoughts on Remote Possibilities

Deciding to open a remote office location or allowing workers to telecommute are big steps and ones that should be made with a solid strategy and planning. Technology, however, is making those plans feasible. The current state of collaboration tools and cloud technologies has, in many cases, made geography relevant.


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