We’re already seeing a good deal of this in the modern workplace, but soon enough it should be implemented across almost every industry for every business - the process of allowing remote access and control via mobile devices.
Why bother with setting up enough VPNs to allow remote access to as many users as possible? Isn’t that asking for more tech department headaches than current technology presents?
It might, but with the increasing amount of remote workers growing rapidly, your business has to adapt to offer efficient processes. Research from Global Workplace Analytics shows that the remote workforce has grown 103% since 2005. That number excludes self-employed workers who use a home office.
Remote access and control is no longer a perk - it’s a necessity for doing business, and will be even more so in the years to come.
While specific benefits will vary from company to company, remote access offers a few broad benefits that should apply to everyone.
For example, remote content creators - graphic designers, writers, and even web developers - can use remote access to use company graphics and logos, and other proprietary assets, without compromising security.
Sending those files through email, or even cloud-sharing, exposes those files to potential security risks. Allowing access through VPNs, however, is arguably the most secure way to handle company data.
The ease of providing this access can’t be overlooked, either. From a phone to a tablet, allowing authentication for remote access on any supported mobile devices gives businesses the unique flexibility to work with customers and clients in a borderless world.
To this point, we’ve looked solely at the value of remote access as it relates directly to employees’ work within a business. What really makes this technological implementation truly valuable, though, is the ease with which you can provide access to services for your customers.
Through VPNs and remote access, you can deploy assets, services, and real-time support to customers in a SaaS-like format. This not only makes life easier for your customers but once word spreads of the ease of getting your products, your revenue will spike accordingly.
This technology is already impacting modern workspaces. We’ve seen it with SaaS, and we’re seeing it now in a variety of industries thanks to industry leaders like Brivo. Their entire focus is on helping your business embrace a “SaaS-based business model, which helps your business create equity - growing more profitability at a more sustained, long-term rate.”
Due to industry leaders like Brivo, traditional workspaces are undergoing a seismic shift in how they cater to both employees and customers. What’s most evident from remote access - and how it monetarily benefits a company - is how effectively it illustrates the need for adaptability. Changing product delivery processes isn’t as simple or painless as it’s sometimes made out to be. That kind of transformation can either elevate or bury a business based on their ability to correctly implement it.
Remote access and control of services in a physical office space indirectly provide profit - efficiency equals profitability, and this technology is all about efficiency - in terms of the in-house benefits it provides.
This is a step towards automation and changing the modern workspace that’ll likely be fully adopted in the next few years.
Take, for example, the need for employees to gain access to meeting rooms, entire buildings, software, or servers. In a traditional workspace there would generally be an employee in charge of ensuring access is granted to the rooms, buildings, software, servers, etc., in addition to monitoring the use of those company assets.
With remote access and control, those employees are eliminated and replaced with an entirely automated system. Complete automation in these categories - notably in booking meeting rooms - creates a fluid, intuitive experience, especially when completed via mobile computing platforms.
Consider for a moment the following example: a CMO from a company based in Kansas City is in San Francisco, pitching a cross-promotional marketing campaign. The CMO realizes in the meeting the need for a report or information that they don’t have immediate access to - because it’s on the CMO’s office computer at the office in Kansas City.
Normally the CMO would be in trouble. With remote access - and control - the CMO can instead grant temporary access to the office computer to an employee. To take it a step further, the CMO can remotely control the office computer and pull up the information that was previously inaccessible.
Remote access and control - via mobile authentication - will be a greater player in business moving forward. The ability to authenticate access across the world eliminates countless pain points that usually accompany international business deals. What we’ve seen already is exciting, but the possibilities the future holds are nearly limitless.