Top Tools To Help You Work Remotely During The Pandemic

By Albatross Editorial Team

With the Corona virus Pandemic, many business owners are coping, trying to find out how their employees can continue to work without coming into an office. There are many tools available today to help your business and your employees continue to be productive during this time.

Here are a few for your consideration:

Conferencing Apps

Conferencing apps are great ways to replace your meetings that usually take place in conference rooms with many people. Conferencing apps allow people to dial into a phone bridge line with optional video capabilities.

  1. Google Hangouts
  2. Zoom
  3. Free Conference Calls
  4. Microsoft Teams

Remote Desktop Apps

Your desktop is where you login every day and do all your work. However if your desktop is at the office, how do you access your desktop if you are not allowed to go in? Remote Desktops are tools that allow you to access your desktop remotely. 

  1. Log me in - access your local desktop by installing an remote agent
  2. Albatross Remote WorkSpaces - A turn-key office solution that transforms your office into a cloud based and your employees can access their desktops remotely.

Chat Apps

Because face to face meetings are no longer an option when all the team members are working remotely, remote workers need an alternative to communicate faster. Email may be an option, but email is a slow medium of communication and not as nimble as chatting in person. Luckily there are great apps that help small 

Here are a few to consider

  1. Office 365 Teams
  2. Slack 

File Organizers

The files your company uses can be stored in cloud environments. Cloud environments allow you to securely access your files outside of your office.

  1. DropBox
  2. SharePoint
  3. Google Docs

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Software Challenges

  • Every small business relies on a handful of software to operate smoothly  (Outlook, Office 365, G-Suite, MS Office, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Cloud Software, QuickBooks)
  • Software needs updates, can be buggy and just simply doesn’t always work
  • Employees may need a hand in getting something done (exporting printing as PDF, shrinking an image, etc.)

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  • We manage your software 
  • Your users can open tickets and we can help them live 
  • Software updates are all done by us

The Challenge with Laptops

  • Computers Break
  • Laptops get lost or stolen
  • Need to be replaced periodically and requires budgeting and installations costs

Our Solution

  • Desktops are Automatic and cloud based
  • No desktop or stolen laptop issues
  • Hardware is seamlessly upgraded
  • Performance is guaranteed

Malware is a Real Problem

  • Small Business are infected by viruses and malware at unprecedented levels
  • Malware can cost you money to fix if you are lucky to recover your data
  • Data leaks and breaches can put you out of business

Our Solution

  • Our seucirty packages are standard and include anti-malware
  • Employee controls are in place to prevent installation or download of malicious software
  • We are fast at identifying and responding to incidents to minimize any damage
  • Backups are automatic with every plan so you will never lose your data.

The Challenge with Printers

  • Printers run out of ink
  • Printers suddenly stop printing
  • Printers fall offline

Our Solution

  • Our staff is on standby to support your printers 24/7
  • We identify root causes to printer issues to avoid recurring problems.

Vendor Challenges

  • Too many tech vendors to manage (ISPs, Software vendors, hardware, apps)
  • Creating tickets is time consuming and frustrating process
  • Many issues are left unresolved with vendors because of poor support

Our Solution

  • We provide 24/7 support on your vendors
  • We open tickets for you and follow up till resolution
  • Our existing relationships with vendors allows us to efficiently navigate the vendor support process

Employee Management Challenges

  • Employee on-boarding is time consuming (emails, desktops, software) all need to be setup for new employees
  • Employees may encounter issues with access, logins, password. Their downtime can be costly
  • Departing employees require data to be transferred, laptops returned, accounts locked, etc, passwords changed

Our Solution

  • Our cloud option provide quick user setup for new employees meaning quick employee on boarding
  • We lock down the employees that leave and document the changes made

The Need for Monitoring

  • Monitoring is an essential component of any technology-dependent small business
  • Small businesses don’t usually invest in monitoring although it is a key component in preventing issues from happening (such as disk space, updates, high CPU pegs, and other connectivity issues)

Our Solution

  • Monitoring is built into our service, therefore you don’t have to plan, invest or worry about setting things up
  • Monitoring means smoother business operations, we reach out to you before a problem occurs

The Audit Challenge

  • As a small business owner, it is important to be able to prove accountability for compliance or employee reviews
  • Today’s small business don’t have any insight into who is doing what on the system and lack of visibility can mean higher risk

Our Solution

  • Our system is equipped to log every user’s account access from email access to desktop log-ons
  • We can provide you with reports that you need 

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