Green Business Has Many Facets: How Remote Access Solutions and Flexible Workstations Help You to Reach Your Goal

Posted by Ming Jan Sam Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:33:00 GMT

Environmental protection: a hot topic on a national and international scale. It is obvious that only when the CO2 output is reduced worldwide and resources are used sustainably and sparingly, will we be able to enjoy our planet in the future. That not only applies to private households: companies are also called on to cut down environmental pollution. The following article shows how companies can get one step closer to a “green business” and increase productivity by integrating modern remote access solutions.  This way, you can kill two birds with one stone.

Green Business?

Climate change and global warming on one hand, rising costs for resources on the other; these have been our steady companions for years. Increasingly, companies are affected by these changes, too. A study of the high-tech-association BITKOM in cooperation with BearingPoint shows: even today, 75% of German companies attribute to “green business” a great importance concerning a company’s competitive success.   The term “green business” describes a holistic business approach with the aim to lower negative effects on the environment. That also includes an economical handling of resources of any kind.

Reduce the carbon footprint with the help of remote access software

Modern remote access solutions, for example, HOB RD VPN blue edition, allow a flexible and very secure remote access to central company data and applications – no matter when or from where you want to access them. Data security is ensured at all times – due to constant encryption and numerous authentication options for the complete data communication. Solutions on an SSL basis additionally offer enormous benefits in terms of administration and usability: the software is centrally installed only one time in the company. This means that, on the accessing device, no installation or administration rights are needed.  Purely software-based solutions can be independently used, no matter which hardware is available, and are, therefore, extremely cost-effective.

Mobile work stations (home offices) can be easily and quickly implemented with such a solution. If employees start working – completely or partly – from their home offices, this spares the environment in many ways:

  • No emissions for the way to the office (car/bus/train)
  • Lower emissions due to fewer traffic jams on the streets (rush hour)
  • Less energy is needed for air conditioning in the office
  • An integrated concept allows businesses to save room in the office (several employees can share a desk); more efficient resource management/reduced costs for building maintenance
  • On a long-term basis, expensive new office complexes that are harmful to the environment are not needed

Scientists calculated some time ago that if 20 million employees, or 10 per cent of employees in the EU, started to work from home only one to two days a week, CO2 emissions would be reduced by approximately 22 million tons a year. 

Benefits for all involved and the environment

The application scenarios of remote access solutions are diverse (i.a., connecting sales representatives or business partners to your company’s network). In the following the beneficent aspects of telecommuting are explained. The overview below shows that not only the environment is helped, but the employees and the company also profit:

Summary

The introduction of mobile work stations is not only an enormous benefit in terms of environmental protection. Implemented the right way, all involved profit from such a solution. However, the right technology has to be used in order that nothing goes wrong. Especially in today’s world, data security is of the utmost importance to prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands. When choosing a solution for a secure and flexible remote access to all company data and applications, no compromises should be made concerning security. 

Moreover, it is important to set up clear rules for working from home. These rules should cover work hours, the minimum of technical equipment required at the home office and security guidelines on how to process enterprise-critical data. 

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