Links to Technology Providers
This section provides links to providers
of technology and technology-related services that may be useful for teleworkers
and teleworking programs. We do not endorse particular products; however,
products listed here are believed to be useful and cost-effective. The
list will be updated fairly frequently.
- Security and Virtual Private Networking
(VPN) are fast becoming top priorities for Internet-enabled remote access
to company networks. Among the VPN providers are:
Networks; SonicWall. An interesting
variant of conventional VPN access is provided by TravelingPC
which materially reduces exposure to security breaches by revitalizing
the timeshare approaches of the '60s. I'm
In Touch also provides a remote access system via software available
at most large discount electronic stores. For home-based or small office
teleworkers, Zyxel's ZyWall Internet
security appliances might be worth a look. Another approach to this issue
is Netsuite. NetSuite enables companies
to take advantage of all the benefits of Telecommuting and eliminates
the traditional drawbacks. As a Web-based solution NetSuite is ideally
suited for telecommuting and offers total flexibility - employees can
work at any location where they have internet access (office, at home
or whilst traveling). This provides companies with the ability to allow
employees to telecommute full- or part-time, without the expense of setting
up a VPN. Addressing a key security issue, penetration testing, is
Plynt: providing network
security tests and website, standard penetration tests to clients around
has deployed its own highly secure, highly robust identity and entitlement
management infrastructure into the cloud. This infrastructure, called
Route1 MobiNET, is an interaction and service delivery platform focused on
identity and entitlement management. MobiNET is delivered as an
infrastructure-as-a-service, allowing organizations to enable identity-based
access management to provide simple and secure digital interactions between
their employees and their digital resources from anywhere, at any time.
- Voice for Teleworkers. Both computer-aided
phone switching and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) are beginning
to complete the integrated telecommunications possibilities. Try
Avaya's IP Softphone; and Teltone
- Telework Servers . Telework
server services provide a common, Internet-accessible method for tying
teleworkers into their employers' networks. One of the leading vendors of these services
is Expertcity's GoToMyPC.
TravelingPC, mentioned above,
also provides these services.
- Collaboration Systems. Collaboration software is a key need
for effective group interaction, particularly when the group members are in
far-flung locations. One system, good for Windows users, is
Boardwalk Collaboration Software. Another possibility, one that works with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux,
is Zimbra's Collaboration Suite.
- Telework Management Software. Software for managing project costs
and time, for in-house as well as teleworker staff. DOVICO
is an award-winning provider in this category. For that
pesky problem of tracking telecom charges, call accounting, try Genesis
- Instant Messaging (IM) Software. IM may be a useful tool for
keeping teleworkers in touch. Poorly managed, it may also be a source
of interruptions sufficient to sap teleworkers' productivity. There is
also the security issue. For reliable, security-conscious IM software check
IBM Lotus IM,
Office Live Communications Server, and Novell
- Audio/video Conferencing Software.
Packages that allow an array of group/individual communications including
VOIP, IM, and video conferencing. Check out 1st Works' hotComm
and test it for yourself. Options range from audio-only to complete presentation
support including a proxy server. Also look at Citrix' GoToMeeting for
a location-independent approach.
- Remote Access Technology. Ways of linking to employees/clients
who are not otherwise connected by broadband technology.
Satellite Internet HughesNet offers
High-Speed Satellite Internet anywhere, even in areas where cable modem and DSL
do not reach.
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