As a guess, half of your employees love the file server, since it is fast, easy, and centralises all work files in a single location on the network at the main office. The other half of your of employees more than likely hate the file server, for these guys working out in the field, accessing the file server typically involves connecting to a VPN, connecting network drives and then waiting for the file to download to their desktop before opening. The problem is especially acute for employees who are always remote. Over time, difficulties with remote access cause employees to get out of sync with the rest of the company, leading to a disconnect and data sprawl for corporate documents and potentially critical content becoming trapped in personal silos. There is a different way.
Business-class file sync services can implement a feature call File Server Enablement. File server Enablement connects the existing file server to the cloud and permits discrete folders from the file server to be logically mapped to users and team shares using the sync services. With this technology, all the data from the file server is available in real time on users’ mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and remote laptops and home office PCs. As new content is created on a remote tablet or PC, the data is instantaneously synced back to the server.
Here are three reasons to consider file server enablement:
1. Sync to smartphones
Business-class cloud file sync services allow employees to sync their critical work files between their desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and the cloud. Your staff becomes more nimble and productive when they have their files at their fingertips, no matter where they go. Whether it is iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, business-class sync keeps users connected on the go.
2. Keep people in sync
Remote employees usually have a long list of complaints when it comes to IT support. One of the biggest complaints is the feeling of being out of sync with the rest of the organisation. With file server enablement and business-class file sync, you can level the playing field. Remote employees are now able to access all of their files and team share content from any mobile device, be it their laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Field employees are the closest to the customer, so it makes sense to have these critical team members in sync with the whole company and all the files they need to do their jobs best.
3. Empower your employees
Savvy and growth-oriented companies should view their hyper-connected workforce as an untapped opportunity. Smartphones and tablets, even if they are BYOD devices and owned by the employee, can vastly improve the productivity of your workforce. The trick is to balance convenience with security when it comes to corporate data. Business-class file sync and file server enablement allows access to corporate data via BYOD devices, but you now have critical capabilities to protect your data, such as fine-grained audit trails, per user security policies, and remote wipe of lost or stolen devices. The key is to focus on employee empowerment, no matter the device they choose to access corporate data.
By leveraging cloud services along-side your existing file server infrastructure you can better organize and protect your company data whilst fully maximising the power of employee mobility.
Why not contact us today to learn more about Business-Class File Sync & Share services, we can even offer you a free trial of the service.