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After months of development and testing, we have just launched our Prism Hosted Desktop solution which will allow organisations to offer agile working practices. It is an unfortunate coincidence that the launch happened in the same week that the World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic.
However, with the spread of the Covid-19 virus continuing apace, businesses are facing the very real threat that employees will have to self-isolate. Suddenly, the importance of agile working and business continuity plans are coming to the fore, with talk of possible school closures and the UK potentially facing an Italian-style lockdown. Previously, situations like the one we are facing seemed hypothetical; today they’re very real and CEOs are genuinely concerned about how their organisation will be able to continue trading if a large proportion of staff members cannot make it into the office.
Advantages of Prism Hosted Desktop
The advantage for people who work in offices and the professional services sector is that, with the right technology, such as Prism Hosted Desktop, staff can work remotely – whether they’re self-isolating or out of the office for any other reason. It is in times like this that firms find out just how robust their business continuity plans and agile working practices really are.
For organisations that have already installed a hosted desktop solution, it will be an easy transition. Each staff member will be able to access all their work, including data stored on their individual desktop and continue with business as usual – in fact the only concern would be how to handle physical aspects of the business, such as sending and receiving invoices and other documentation.
Cybersecurity risks are reduced owing to the user’s device basically being a ‘thin client’ that clones the data rather than downloading it. So whether your employee is working from home or in a café on an insecure public WiFi network, if a computer virus affects their personal device they will avoid passing this on to your business.
What steps can your firm take now?
Even if your organisation does not have a hosted desktop solution, there are steps you can take immediately to help mitigate the effects of staff needing to work remotely. Depending on your current system, it may be possible to use deployment tools such as SCCM to get Prism Hosted Desktop up and running in a couple of weeks.
You could give employees direct access through remote desktop connections. However, the risk is that if all staff have to log in remotely, the system will become overloaded. There are also security challenges involved with staff logging in from non-company devices.
Even if you have a system that will enable your staff to work remotely, you must test it. Not only will this allow you to iron out any difficulties without any loss of productivity, it will also give everyone using it a chance to learn what they need to do and get up to speed, reducing delays in getting your business running efficiently in the event of a shut down.
In the future
If your organisation is now considering moving to a hosted desktop solution, whether it is to help you move to agile working practices, or mitigate the effects of future virus outbreaks, flooding, fires, etc., contact us to find out how Prism Hosted Desktop can integrate with your IT system.
Lumina Technologies have taken the time to understand the requirements of our business and work as our strategic IT partner, enabling us to concentrate on delivering a high quality service to our clients and focus on our growth strategy. They have delivered a 100% cloud solution to our business with no underlying infrastructure costs or maintenance, which gives us scalability for our planned growth. It also means our business critical applications and data are securely accessible from virtually all our user devices. Lumina’s professional approach and strategic expertise is highly valued and their management of our IT – based on their in-depth knowledge, leaves us confident that our systems are available 24×7.
Luke Harrison, Keidan Harrison LLP
Lumina have supported us so well through the difficult circumstances of 2020. They worked extremely hard to ensure we were able to work remotely and continue to operate our business successfully.The support team are very friendly and knowledgeable, and have excellent response times.
The team have also enhanced our cyber security which is so important in the legal sector, and they continue to provide high quality advice to help us move forward with our IT goals.
Adams & Remers
The quality of IT Support provided by Lumina Technology is of the highest standard and is complemented by effective client liaison with impressive response times. Trap Oil Group plc has no hesitation in recommending Lumina as a dedicated and specialist group of IT professionals.
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Richard and his team are a real inspiration to anyone who meets them and I have watched Lumina’s growth over the last few years with interest and admiration. Richard has been an amazing supporter of the Hospice of St Francis, being a Gold member of the Corporate Partner Network for almost two years. He takes an active interest in the community and is passionate about his company and his town: nothing is too much trouble, he is always willing to help, to give up his time and to provide business advice when asked. Lumina is an inspiration to any company wanting to set up business in Hertfordshire.
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Lumina Technologies Prism Hosted Desktop has allowed our business to centralise our global corporate data, allowing much faster access for all our staff – regardless of their location. We have also been able to simplify and reduce our infrastructure and management overhead. With the new Prism Hosted Desktop solution all staff now have simple and secure access to corporate data using any device they choose. Prism Hosted Desktop has increased the productivity of our staff and given us a single, consistent and familiar experience for all users from any device, in any location, 24/7.
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Lambert Energy Advisory
It has been a great pleasure working with Lumina Technologies over the past two years. They have fully committed to being involved in the local community with volunteering and with professional advice and commitment, helping many local charities along the way. As a growing company it proves that being involved in the local community is helping them attract and retain a talented workforce and I look forward to working with them well into the future.
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Hawkstone Management Services Ltd
Charles Douglas Solicitors LLP have been using Lumina Technologies for a number of years now and continue to be impressed by the technical know-how and contemporary knowledge of their senior management, who provide a timely, efficient and friendly service. Whether it is a small issue with one computer, or a strategic IT decision, they maintain a current knowledge of available technologies. Lumina are always at the other end of the phone to help resolve issues and minimise business interference. The technical knowledge of Richard and his senior team means that there has not been a problem that they can’t solve to date. I am sure we will continue to use them in the years to come.
Managing Partner, Charles Douglas Solicitors LLP
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Amoun Travel & Tours Ltd
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Group Technical Director, Salamander Energy plc
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COO, Perrett Laver Limited
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Managing Director, Society Limited
The Vita Group HQ staff have worked with Richard McBarnet and Lumina Technologies for over 9 years, with Lumina providing all our PC, server, phone, and software support. The services have included C-level executives based in London, Manchester, the US, as well as supporting home office IT as well. The service provided and intellectual capabilities are outstanding and we would highly recommend Richard and his Lumina team.
CEO, The Vita Group
We worked with Lumina on a GDPR Audit. Richard was knowledgeable and professional throughout, and did the best he could to bring a dry topic to life through lots of real life examples and analogies. We were so impressed with the service Lumina provided and the value we got from partnering with them on this project – we couldn’t recommend them enough.
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