Office Anywhere, Anytime: A Paradigm Shift in Technology, Social & Economic Way of Life
Have you ever gone home and wondered I should have done this or that on the office PC? Have you ever travelled overseas or out of the province and getting that urge to access your work emails? Are you fed up taking your office or personal laptop with you everywhere you go so that you can have access to your files and installed applications? Let alone the hassles of unpacking and packing the laptop?
Fret no more!
Thanks to the growth in the telecommunications sector and the resultant competition that has brought the voice and internet communication to affordable limits with increased bandwidth capacity starting this year (2011), you can now access your office PC from home or anywhere in the world with some form of access to the internet.
There are other options to access work emails via the internet (e.g. www.Mail2web.com), your desktop via ftp or other remote mechanisms (e.g. www.Logmein.com). However, amongst them all Microsoft’s Remote Desktop stacks up above all of them with lower latencies and lower cost per megabyte for remote access.
With the cost of flash drives dropping and the storage capacity rising to 128GB and over, one can even have all their office files and even emails stored on a flash drive. This combined with a wireless internet dongle or a mobile phone that can act as a hotspot, provides a second option to carry around ones office files and emails in a pocket. However, the problem with this is that third party websites that allow one to access work emails from the internet are either too slow or don’t provide the same feature rich experience one could get from using a dedicated email client such as Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook.
One can carry their office desktop in their 15GB flash drive together with an internet dongle for access to the internet and work emails. However, the personalized office desktop and specific application experience is something that is missed. With the reduced cost of internet and increased speeds, accessing the office desktop via remote desktop connection is now a reality.
The fast internet take up is stripping ISP bandwidth capacity. During normal work hours from 8am to 5pm latencies to access office desktops are a struggle. The speeds pick up from 6pm to 10pm and after 10pm, a remote desktop connection is just about physically accessing one’s office desktop – latencies very negligible with people winding down for their use of the internet.
The completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2015 will deliver increased bandwidth capacity for ISPs. This will make telecommuting a reality for many and will see a re-definition in the way many white collar Papua New Guineans approach work. You don’t have to worry about that long well deserved break from your home or village. As long as you’ve got internet access via GSM or CDMA networks and a laptop handy, you will never miss your office desktop while enjoying your well-deserved break anywhere in the world – even the woop-woop corners of PNG that some of us come from.