Adverse weather conditions and how it could impact your business

Adverse weather conditions continue to hit the UK. Sub-zero temperatures and record levels of snow continue to have a huge impact the economy. Heavy snowfall threatens the livelihoods of many small businesses. Many commuters and public transportation services have come to a freezing halt.  Many rural regions are completely isolated and numerous rural roads are completely impassable.

Douglas McWilliams, chief executive of the CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research), mentioned on BBC Radio 4's Today programme that about one-fifth of the economy had been affected, costing around £1billion per day.

Tips to help employees work from home

Thanks to modern day technology your workforce can work remotely, without the worry of battling through treacherous driving conditions. Working from home in adverse weather conditions allows your workforce to be more productive and eliminates the risk of being stranded in the heavy snow.

If you have access to a computer and an Internet connection, your business can still be productive.

Telephone communications

Everybody has access to a telephone. Your co-workers can communicate to each other via telephone. Telephone communication is a great alternative to face to face communication.

Use Skype

Skype is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) software application, where users can make voice calls over the Internet. Calling other Skype users is free regardless of geographic location. This is a cost-effective method of saving money on telephone bills.

Use Hosted Desktops

A hosted desktop is a virtualised equivalent of a standard Windows desktop or laptop. Hosted desktops are located in a secure data centre. Where users can access their hosted desktop anytime or any place by using an Internet connection. The GoCloud hosted desktop has a Windows 7 themed Windows 2008 session pre-installed and Microsoft Office 2010 includes: Word 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.

5 reasons to use Hosted Desktops

1: Save money on software and hardware upgrades

When you purchase a hosted desktop, pre-installed software is included. Your workforce can get to work straight away. Hosted desktop users pay a monthly subscription that can be cancelled at any time. Hosted desktops save you money on purchasing servers and expensive hardware.

2: Save money on running and maintenance costs

The hosted desktop provider will cover any running and maintenance costs occurred in the data centre. Therefore, saving you money on electricity and replacing faulty hardware.

3: All your files can be saved in one location

If you work on multiple machines you need to make sure your files are compatible with different software applications.  If you have created a word document in Word 2010 on your work PC and you are running Word 2003 on your home PC, it is certain that your Home PC will not open this file. Backwards capability is not an issue if your files are stored in one location.

4: More secure

Keeping your business files secure is crucial.Hosted desktop solutions are located in a secure data centre. Having your files located off your work premises provides peace of mind. Knowing that in the unlikely event of: a fire, theft or accident your files are safe and secure.

5: High Availability Network

Data centres have an alternative means of power backup in case of a power failure. Does your place of work have a power supply backup in case of a power failure? If a data centre had a power failure, a large battery supply will keep the data centre running until the diesel generators are able to fully power the data centre.

Data centres are monitored 24/7 and air conditioned to ensure that the web servers and hosted desktops are running at optimum performance.

More about hosted desktops

Hosted desktops are an asset to your business. How much income would your business lose if your employees could not work from home? Could your business survive if all your data was lost? Perhaps, you should consider a hosted desktop.

Still, not convinced with a hosted desktop? GoCloud provide a risk free hosted desktop demonstration with no obligation to buy.  Remember, that the GoCloud hosted desktop is pre-installed with: Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.