Don’t Dig Your Car Out of the Snow! Work from Home!

Posted by Stefanie Kober Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:55:00 GMT

Large parts of the US are being paralyzed by this year’s first blizzard “Hercules” - Happy New Year! With temperatures far too cold to get out of your house and thousands of cars being buried beneath masses of snow, having to go to work can be terribly annoying. You might even end up digging out your car from the snow, only to realize that it was your neighbor’s. In order to prevent this from happening, you have three options:

1. Call in sick.

2. Take vacation and try to catch a plane to a warmer place. Maybe somewhere like Iceland or just any other place on earth.

3. Work from home, if you are lucky enough to work for a company that allows you to access your workplace from home.

 

Although options 1 and 2 seem tempting, this blog article wants to concentrate on option number three. Working from home offers a lot of benefits to employees. You can more flexibly arrange your work-life-balance, save on time commuting to and from work and avoid distractions at your workplace (also, you don’t have to deal with blizzards on your way to work). For companies, home offices help save energy costs, offer their employees more flexible working hours and can secure business continuity.

Home offices seem great, but we have bad news for you. According to a study from 2012, the chances that you are able to work from home are rather low . The study found that, even though more and more companies are claiming to offer possibilities to work from home, the proportion of employees that actually work from home remained essentially flat between the mid-90s and mid-2000s. The authors found that in 2004 only seventeen percent of the working population worked for an average of six hours a week from home. Another statistic reports that in 2011 forty-five percent of the US workforce held a job that was compatible with at least part-time telework .

The good news is that the technology to enable employees to work from home is already there and ready to be implemented. At HOB, we offer various software products that can help you set up home offices. With HOB RD VPN, for example, employees are able to connect from any computer with an internet connection to company servers or their desktop computer in the office. The access doesn’t require any admin rights or installation on the client side, which makes it perfectly easy for anyone to connect with their workplace. Thanks to Wake-on-LAN, you can remotely turn on and off your workplace computer and save energy. Remote connections over HOB RD VPN are SSL encrypted, so you don’t need to worry about security issues. Since HOB products are only software, they can be easily integrated into any existing IT infrastructure.

As one can see, there really is no point in trying to fight Hercules. Instead, companies and employees should start implementing and using remote access technology to enable home offices.

Finally, please let us know how you and your work life have been affected by Hercules and what experiences you made with home offices. We are looking forward to reading your comments!

 

Sources:

M. C. Noonan & J. L. Glass (2012): “The hard truth about telecommuting.” In Monthly Labor Review

K. Lister & T. Harnish (2011): “The State of Telework in the US.“ http://www.workshifting.com/downloads/downloads/Telework-Trends-US.pdf

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The Government vs. Remote Access

Posted by Sarah Becker Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:41:00 GMT

The adoption rate of cloud computing and remote access solutions has been exponential in recent years, as many different industries have fully migrated to cloud solutions.

However, one industry has yet to fully adopt the cloud—the government. According to cloud computing expert, David Linthicum, the government has been resistant to full migration to cloud computing and remote access due to complexities of federal business processes.

Despite the complicated nature of security regulations, government research organization, IDC Government Insights, released a study that took a detailed look at the government’s 2014 IT plans. According to the report, the U.S. government experts to spend $118.3 million on public cloud solutions. This new budget is an increase of 32.8%. The implications of this budget proves that in the next year, the government will be more focused on developing an IT strategy that will allow the adoption of cloud computing.

We, here at HOB, hope to see an increase of the government’s use of cloud computing and remote access solutions as our products are designed especially to meet the growing security and compliance requirements. For example, our flagship product, HOB RD VPN, has extensive security perfect for critical government data.

HOB RD VPN supports government agencies in successfully integrating secure remote access solutions into their existing IT infrastructures – for 24/7 secure remote access to data and applications, at any time, from anywhere around the world and with any device. This software solution also enables encrypted data communication using SSL and supports various state-of-the art authentication mechanisms like Kerberos Single Sign-On. Additionally, HOB RD VPN allows government agencies to implement client-side SSL-certificates, e.g., on Smartcards, and supports the usage of one-time-password solutions within their compliance strategy.

Do you think the government’s adoption of cloud computing and remote access solutions will be successful? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cloud Don’ts: How to Achieve Success When Adopting the Cloud

Posted by Sarah Becker Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:39:00 GMT

 

The cloud has granted many enterprises with endless benefits including streamlined business processes and improved flexibility. However, as the cloud becomes a necessity, a number of enterprises are realizing that cloud migration requires more effort than they had assumed.

 

The most common mistake that enterprises make when adopting the cloud is lack of research. We want to make cloud migration easy on the enterprise. Here are a few Cloud Don’ts to make sure you stay on Cloud 9:

Don’t Always Choose What Is New

When selecting a cloud service provider, many assume that the latest cloud software is the best option for their enterprise. In reality, all clouds are not created equal. It is important to be aware of the differences between basic data storage providers and the wide range of IT networking infrastructure with on-demand access to servers, applications and software.

Don't Forget to Plan

When adopting your new cloud computing solution, don’t forget to plan for security, governance and compliance. Failure to plan results in a system that will not provide proper services to enterprise employees and will not a pass audit. Furthermore, failure to abide by security policies and regulatory requirements will result in large fines and legal issues.

Don’t Assume You’re Immune

The cloud is a certainly an efficient method to store data, but do not assume that cloud service providers are immune to security breaches, hacks or website crashes. Ensure that a third party also consistently backs up enterprise critical data.

The cloud is a remarkable invention, but it is important to recognize the nuances so that we can properly handle cloud migration for our enterprises! Please share additional cloud don’ts in the comments below.
 

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HOB RD VPN Again a Finalist at Golden Bridge Awards 2013

Posted by Sarah Becker Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:54:00 GMT

Golden Bridge Award Finalist 2013

 

For three years in succession, HOB RD VPN has been a finalist at the Golden Bridge Awards. The top-class jury has nominated HOB RD VPN in five categories as a potential winner („Access - Innovations“, „Cloud Security - Innovations“, „Network Security Solution – Innovations“, Remote Access Solution – Innovations“ und „VPN/IPSec/SSL - Innovations“).

The final winners will be announced on September 30th, 2013 in San Francisco. Till then we keep our fingers crossed!

You can find further information about the Golden Bridge Awards here: http://www.goldenbridgeawards.com/world/

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5 Industries That Should Adopt Cloud Computing and Remote Access Solutions

Posted by Sarah Becker Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:59:00 GMT

Over the past few decades, many industries have attempted to adopt various technologies for business development, but very few have managed to become successful. However, now that cloud computing and remote access has proved to be a norm rather than a trend, these technologies may reap benefits in industries beyond the IT sector.

Below are a few industries that could reach a wider range of customers and capabilities if remote access and cloud computing were utilized.

1. Entertainment

Imagine going to a friend’s house and having access to your DVD and gaming collection with just a click of a few buttons. The entertainment industry could yield great success if their customers could remotely access their favorite movies and video games.
  
2. Educational Institutions

Schools of all sorts are increasingly providing computers to their students and faculty. However, if students and faculty could access their school files from home via secure remote access, homework and grading could be much easier. In addition, use of the cloud will slash hardware costs which will allow more budgets for educational programs.

3. Retail

Similar to educational institutions, implementing the cloud can significantly reduce hardware costs. If cash registers and inventory systems kept information in the cloud, companies could reduce the risk of losing data and better manage money and product inventory.

4. Hotels and Restaurants

The internet has yielded great success for the hospitality industry as it allows online reservations and cuts hardware costs. However, hotels and restaurants can additionally benefit from cloud computing as it helps information transfer seamlessly, strengthens security and shortens the guest information deployment process.

5. Security Companies

By security companies, we do not mean IT security! In this case, security officers could benefit from both remote access and cloud computing by being able to access surveillance systems from locations outside the facility which allows them to monitor properties and review previously recorded footage.

What additional industries do you think could benefit from cloud computing and secure remote access? Please share in the comments below.

 

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