It may seem counterintuitive, but today and as technology continues to advance into the future, we’re seeing control and use of computers becoming more and more “remote.” The need to be on-site at a particular location or even have a particular device in your hand to perform a task is becoming a thing of the past.
The Internet itself is a marvel in enabling remote interaction among devices and device users. But there are three other distinctive ways in which “remote control” is trending in the tech world today:
1. Remote Workforce:
Companies that allow remote access to their networks by employees save big on office space, while employees themselves save on travel expenses and gain an added degree of freedom. But businesses benefit from remote access in other critical ways as well, including quicker contact between branch offices and the head office and more responsive interactions with customers.
Also, most who work remotely and alone increase productivity. They don’t lose hours due to inclement weather. Plus, it enables seasoned workers past the usual retirement age to continue working longer. Around 25% of the US workforce now works remotely on a regular basis. That’s soon to rise by all estimates.
Keeping remote access to company data and software safe as well as convenient is a major challenge. However, it’s clear the prototypical “office job” is being redefined by today’s computer technology.
2. Remotely Stored Data:
The second major way in which computer tech usage is growing more remote in the 21st century is in how data is stored and backed up. Remote “cloud” services are more and more the norm.
The cloud is really a network of remote servers that are used by companies and individuals for data storage, processing, and management. Proprietary information of multi-million dollar businesses and the data from ordinary PCs are now usually stored (primarily) remotely. This decreases the chances of permanent data loss, increases security since the latest malware is always in place, and lowers the costs of IT immensely.
And yes, cloud-stored data really is safer than data on your own device’s hard drive. That’s because the information can move among numerous different computers for workload sharing purposes (which boosts efficiency and speed). This data sharing also means that if one device in the cloud fails, your data can be retrieved from another device in very little time.
3. Remotely Controlled Troubleshooting:
Finally, we mention the fact that IT support and desktop support has also largely gone remote.
Remote administration software systems that now exist are powerful and almost universally compatible. An on-site IT support visit will become unnecessary because the software can both diagnose and correct many computer problems.
Modern remote admin software can rapidly connect to and control a remote computer (of an end user). It enables remote screenshots of the end user’s screen to be done in one simple click and then saved immediately to the IT worker’s desktop. It also means the ability to transfer appropriate files to the device being remotely served in order to fix many problems.
Chat sessions are included in the software’s repertoire too, so support personnel can ask the end user questions and get immediate feedback. This kind of remote troubleshooting assistance can be done with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems. There are truly few limitations.
Remote network access by remote workers, increasing remote storage and processing of important data, and the ability to remotely control distant computers in order to troubleshoot problems for end users are just a few of the most important ways in which computer technology is “trending remote” as we plow into the future.