Business leaders were asked their thoughts on the mobile working trend at the 2014 Global Leadership Summit in London.
Close to 60% of the executives believed that well over half of their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020. Fast-forward to 2018 – just two years away from 2020 – and we’re seeing how these predictions are starting to come true.
Understanding that remote workers are typically more productive, and that this approach saves companies money, more business leaders are embracing the mobile workforce trend. But let’s not get too excited just yet. For your teams to be as effective outside a traditional office as they would be inside, they need certain tools and technologies. And this is where connectivity comes in.
When you let your employees choose where and how they want to work, they will need a secure connection that allows them to get their jobs done no matter what. APN Solutions from IS provide fast, secure connectivity from mobile devices to the network you choose – be it your private company intranet, the Internet, or both.
You can think of an APN as an access code that a cellular network uses to direct you to the corporate network or the internet, depending on where the APN allows you to go. This lets you unlock the value of a range of mobile networks and empowers your workforce without compromising security.
Authentication is in line with your governance and risk controls, which allows you to control what sites or networks employees may access using the company’s mobile data. We offer a choice of APN types. These include:
Corporate APN: This allows your employees to access the intranet securely from anywhere that has cellular connectivity, and with any carrier locally and internationally. You’ll receive a unique APN that employees use to access a secure, dedicated link from their cellphones using 3G or 4G to our MPLS environment. From here, they can connect to your company’s intranet and access business systems and applications. Where policies allow it, they may also connect to the Internet.
Shared APN: Your organisation utilises the IS APN infrastructure. In this scenario, your employees can access the Internet from anywhere that has cellular connectivity, locally and internationally. This connectivity is for the Internet only, so there’s no risk of unauthorised access to your corporate intranet with this solution. The solution can also be implemented along with a VPN solution to allow secure access to a client network
We offer coverage across various mobile networks and have roaming agreements in place with all the big local telcos. This means that our users can expect reliable coverage from just about anywhere. Our APN Solutions are quick to access and easy to use, so your mobile teams don’t have to worry about poor connectivity or staying in touch with their colleagues. To find out more about our connectivity and mobility solutions, feel free to get in touch with us.