The way people work and collaborate is changing, or has possibly already changed, for good. While some workers may struggle with work life balance of working from home, others enjoy the benefits of remote working. Either way, the challenges it presents for decision makers and leaders are numerous and complex.

And even now, with Freedom Day behind us, businesses are certainly embracing the possibility of a more flexible future. Whether it’s through a fully remote, or hybrid working strategy, decision makers need to consider the challenges of managing data usage to ensure costs don’t spiral out of control.

From maintaining strong security standards to cutting unnecessary costs to stay as agile as possible, the list of considerations for business leaders seems endless. The good news is that by focusing on data and mobile usage, as well as site and network management, operations can better weather this storm and set themselves up for success in 2021.

Remote working and data usage

Given the current challenges in working on-site, some businesses will be supplying internet connections to their remote workers. However, the increase in data usage can be hard to track and bill, with more users and accounts to manage. Therefore, finding a way to consolidate all those disparate bills is essential.

What’s more, those workers in areas where fixed lines just aren’t feasible are being pushed to use personal hotspots more for their computer’s internet access. And those mobile connections need to be managed as well, considering the ability to use larger amounts of data far quicker on traditional computers than mobiles. To ensure staff do not go over their allotted data, bespoke usage notifications are an ideal solution to ensure staff are aware of their usage and prevent large penalty charges for additional data.

Mobiles are becoming even more essential

Without the ability to have face to face conversations, traditional voice calling is enjoying a resurgence, while video calling continues its surge in popularity. Now that 5G has been rolled out to major cities across the UK, those lucky enough may now get considerably higher speeds using their mobiles as hotspots, instead of their existing fixed line connections, leading again to higher data usage.

Considering the massive uptake in social media usage and VoIP services too, using applications such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, businesses must keep track of that increase in usage and ensure staff are always available. Ensuring teams have the ability to call wherever they are and on whatever device they’re using, while also to prevent ‘bill shock’ and manage costs before staff go over their limits.

Site and network management

Considering less people are in the office, managing utility costs and other site expenditures can become an uphill struggle, but don’t worry, there are solutions.

IoT (Internet of Things) sensors will automatically collect data and monitor usage for gas, electricity, water meters to ensure you’re not spending unnecessary resources on lighting. Leaky pipes for example, don’t just mean higher water bills. With no one onsite to notice the leak, time could pass and cause significant damage to the site, which could be expensive to repair or reduce output as the repairs are made.

Remote working has also brough with it significant cyber security concerns. Workers accessing potentially confidential and essential business information from home, where safeguards are nowhere near as strong presents risk. SD-WAN is a relatively new technology that creates optimised pathways for all of your data from any of your business’ devices, whether at home, on site or mobile. It’s the perfect solution to optimise your existing MPLS or WAN bandwidths, while maximising security across the increasing number of devices at the edge of your network.

As employees work while adapting to the ‘new normal’, businesses need a trusted partner to ensure their communications and network infrastructure is well maintained and secure. And whatever your needs, Jutel can help review your existing set-up and optimise your entire operation. Not only to support your current needs and meet the challenges of COVID-19 but position your businesses in the best possible way for future growth and expansion.