Businesses 'must embrace new technologies' to make remote project management a success

Author: Ian Needs

A recent survey from KeyedIn Projects has highlighted the need for companies to not only be proactive when it comes to remote working, but open to new technologies and applications.

The benefits of remote working are varied and well-known, yet many companies still fail to take full advantage of the practice. Although this style of working can lead to a more flexible - and even happier - workforce, there is potential for things to go wrong. This is especially the case when businesses do not give employers all the tools needed to work efficiently away from the office.

Companies must therefore be up-to-speed with the latest applications serving to make remote working a more effective and reliable approach. Indeed, a  global survey from KeyedIn Projects has shown that remote working would be more commonplace if employees were provided with all the technologies they need to do their jobs properly. More than one-third (35 per cent) said they would be more likely to take their work out of the office if they felt confident they had all the necessary tools at their disposal.

There is certainly scope for more businesses to jump on the remote working bandwagon - just ten per cent work remotely every day, ten per cent do so frequently and 28 per cent sometimes - but it seems improvements must be made before this can take place. Almost one-fifth (19 per cent) of those who work from home believe doing so makes them less efficient at their job, and just shy of one-tenth (nine per cent) find it difficult to connect with applications when working remotely. A further four per cent claimed it is 'very difficult' to connect at home.

The rise in prominence of smartphones and tablets in the work sphere is likely to have a huge impact on remote working in the future. The ease of access these devices afford is significant, so being able to perform work duties on them - even tasks as simple as checking emails - can bring considerable benefits. However, the study revealed that more than half of those questioned (56 per cent) find the applications they use in their day-to-day work are not optimised for mobiles and tablets.

Improving this should therefore be a priority. Remote working can help companies ease the inflexibilities that constrain them and their staff, yet it is fruitless to adopt the approach and not then give it the best possible chance of succeeding. By embracing the latest tools, organisations can ensure remote working becomes easier, more efficient and, ultimately, more rewarding.

One such product is KeyedIn Projects, a fully-integrated suite of project and portfolio managemnet applications from KeyedIn Solutions. The system is Cloud-based, meaning it is ideally suited for remote working and free of any accessibility difficulties associated with this form of working. Project management in particular stands to benefit from more flexible working, given the high organisation and cohesion it requires. Applications to not only improve, but simplify, the two, should therefore be welcomed.