Firms 'need to invest in file-sharing solutions'
Dubai, December 23, 2012
Companies in the region will need to invest in state-of-the-art file sharing applications which enable seamless, real-time collaboration as more employees take up mobile working options, including working from home, an IT expert has said.
Secure data flow and back-up are crucial to today’s mobile workplace, according to Altaf Alimohamed, managing director, Media Solutions.
“Teams who opt to work remotely will need immediate access to the same information and data as those working from conventional offices,” said Alimohamed.
He said there are enormous bottom-line benefits to companies offering remote working options such as reduced office space, but warned that there are risks to be factored into the equation.
“Recent research suggests that digital information transfer will be around 35 trillion gigabytes by 2020, requiring 44 times more data storage than that globally available (just three years ago). This means data security will take on a higher priority than ever before and holistic, file-sharing solutions which challenge the need for building, running, maintaining and constantly upgrading server-based IT services will come into their own,” explained Alimohamed.
He urged employers to investigate state-of-the-art file sharing applications, such as Soonr. “The right cloud-based IT services and technology will help businesses and their teams tie it all together,” he said.
“Figures show that, on average, a hard drive fails every 0.2 seconds and with holistic applications, such as Soonr, teams can continue to work seamlessly with minimum concern for data-loss as the application acts as PC-backups,” he said.
Alimohamed said industry research revealed the growth of smartphones, cloud systems and other remote working solutions mean that employees begin their work tasks, such as checking emails and submitting reports, long before they actually get to the office.
“One in five employees has already checked their work emails by seven in the morning,” Alimohamed explained.
“The average employee has spent up to 46 minutes working before they actually get to the office and doesn’t stop working until after seven in the evening. Companies embracing new holistic data protection solutions will have a more flexible and mobile workforce, see greater productivity and reduced operating costs as their employees opt for home-work scenarios.
“The reality is that the increasing use of mobile devices and channels will continue to dramatically transform working environments and to ahead of, or even with the curve, employers will have to deliver secure data flow and back-up to allow people to work securely and confidently anywhere, anyhow and at anytime.”
He said that Soonr enables easy online and offline access to the same data supported by over 42 compatible file types, enabling faster and improved communication between employees and amongst customers and clients worldwide. Files can be accessed from over 800 devices including iPhone, Android, Blackberry from the web, across Macs and PCs. – TradeArabia News Service