Monthly Archives: July 2017

Remote and Mobile Working in Your Business

Remote and mobile working – where an employee is working outside the traditional office environment – have become increasingly common. The benefits are hard to ignore. Happier employees chasing a work-life balance and increased productivity from employees on-the-go are something most businesses wouldn’t turn their nose up at, writes Neil Doyle from Blueface.

How is working away from the traditional workspaces now possible? And, more importantly, how do you manage practices that are becoming more and more commonplace?

Improvements in communications technology have helped remote and mobile working become reliable enough for larger numbers of employees to take advantage of the benefits. Remote working has been around for a long time; working from home or outside of the office is not a new phenomenon. However, it has become more efficient in recent years.

Mobile working has taken the business world by storm with seemingly every professional now performing at least some of their daily work tasks via a smartphone or tablet.

 

Why Have Remote and Mobile Working Risen in Popularity?

Improvement in broadband connectivity has allowed for the development of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) – essentially phone calls made over the internet rather than via copper wire in the ground. VoIP is much more flexible than traditional telephony, allowing remote workers to redirect their numbers while out of office with ease or, in some cases, to simply take home their special VoIP-enabled phones and plug them into their own broadband connection.

VoIP is a much more flexible alternative to traditional phone systems and, as it has become more mainstream, remote working has too.

For those working from home or elsewhere without access to a handset, softphones are device applications that mirror the functionality of a handset. After some easy setup, users are able to make inbound and outbound calls over the internet. For those working abroad, softphones over a way around roaming charges.

For mobile working, improvements in mobile networks have been the main enabler. The introduction of 3G, and later 4G, to Ireland and UK allowed mobile users the same level of internet access as desktop users. Sending and receiving files of any type, and using applications no longer meant staring at a loading or buffering icon for prolonged periods.

Cloud-based technology removed the need for applications to be installed on an individual device. Allowing users to access data and business services via the internet has enabled mobile devices to provide the same level of productivity as desktops.

Cloud software and improving mobile networks are the perfect complement, allowing mobile working to flourish.

The Most of National Digital Week

It might be most famous these days as the home of Olympic heroes Gary and Paul O’Donovan, but Skibbereen is rapidly gaining a reputation as a centre for digital excellence in Ireland. This week, the eyes of the tech world will be on West Cork as the country’s best and brightest come to town for the second annual National Digital Week, backed by AIB. From the 10th to the 12th of November, attendees can take in talks and demonstrations from over 70 experts, visionaries, and movers and shakers in the global tech scene.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the digital sector in Ireland, AIB are the lead sponsor of Skibbereen’s Ludgate Hub, Ireland’s first rural Digital Hub. The Hub offers local businesses world-class fibre-optic broadband in a state of the art 10,000 sq ft facility that rivals anything in Silicon Valley. AIB has also sponsored National Digital Week since its inception last year, and we’ve got big plans this year with a fantastic line-up of speakers on the AIB Brave Stage all week. Read on for our insider’s guide to the best talks, workshops, and entertainment at this year’s National Digital Week.

Kick off the festival on an inspiring note at the AIB Brave Stage, with some uplifting stories from our Digital Champions – including Trendster’s Harry McCann, Lord David Puttnam, and Dr. Seamus Davis from Cornell University. Or dig deep into the future of farming, with talks and demonstrations on tech, innovation and food science, from luminaries like Drone Expo Ireland’s Ian Kiely, THRIVE AgTech’s John Hartnett, and our own head of Agri Business, Tadhg Buckley – all on the Google Stage. We’ll be shining the spotlight on female leadership on Friday, with FM104’s Margaret Nelson, Geraldine Karlsson from DoneDeal, and Ericsson Ireland MD Zelia Madigan taking the temperature of women in digital. On Saturday, we’ll be talking all things Internet of Things, with Leonard Donnelly from ARTOFUS, Donal Sullivan of Johnson Controls Ireland, and Debbie Power from Vodafone. And if you’re a business owner, make sure to stop by the Google Digital Garage all day Friday and Saturday, where Google’s experts will be offering free one to one sessions for all festival attendees to give you a crash course in all the skills to take your company to the next level online.