By Eugene Lisovskiy, Marketing Director, Famatech Corp.
Analysts say that during a company crisis, demand for software is significantly reprioritized. According to information provided by CRN/RE Magazine, the survey question “Which way of getting your company out of a crisis is the most effective?” was answered most popularly (35.7%) with: “Minimizing of expenses and cost savings”; 28,6% said they would prefer stimulation of trade; 25% of people “optimizing cashflow”, and 10,7% use other ways to copy through a crisis. Obviously, the main interest in software during tough times is regulated by the product’s efficiency and price. Programs with multiple features and values are yielding to lower end solutions.
The trick these days is to find ways to economize without reducing efficiency and, perhaps not surprisingly, remote control software is rising to the top of many experts’ lists of solutions, seriously helping with cost cutting while maintaining and even increasing efficiency. Remote control software is an extremely cost-effective solution to optimize the IT processes of a company, because it can be used for so many different purposes, such as system administration, telecommuting and helpdesk.
Usage of remote control software has become a staple in system administrating. A system administrator can avoid hours of tedium. He or she doesn’t have to waste time, for example, walking or driving to a site, and users who need technical support don’t have to wait around for hours at a time. It’s a similar situation with maintaining or updating the servers: to change settings a system administrator doesn’t even need to go to the server room. This presents the opportunity of hiring one system administrator who could control over a hundred computers whether in a local network or anywhere on the Internet. This is certainly an advantage for any company.
During these times of economic bad weather another use for remote control software has also become very popular. This is freelance or remote work. Instead of firing staff, companies can allow their employees to work remotely from home. For many, this can be a judgement of Solomon; a compromise, advantageous to both sides. Employers can save money by not having to provide work space, and employees can work piecemeal remotely for several different companies at a time.
Some organizations are afraid of data loss, having shared that data with their workers. Remote control software helps with this issue, also. A remote worker can connect to a secure office server, which contains the necessary information, do their job and then disconnect.
Remote control software solutions have more specific, but not fewer features. An example is online presentations. With this feature you can show the advantages of your company’s product or service to partners all over the world, or you can deliver training to employees working in distant cities, all performed remotely, with a staggering savings on plane tickets and travel expenses.
These ideas are shared by Gartner's analysts, who expect an expansion of the virtualization software market. According to their calculations, in 2009, the market volume will be $2.7 billion comparing to $1.9 billion in 2008.
Today there are many remote control software solutions on the market, which can be confusing to an inexpert person. Each differs in functionality, interface and, of course, price. Most of the time it is difficult to say whether pricy additional options are really necessary or if just the major functionality will be sufficient to optimize the business processes of the company. The main factor in choosing remote control software, its highest virtue, is whether the software will be self-supporting or not. When purchasing remote control software you should not nickel and dime. The software should be very secure, because the liability is too grave if the software is cracked by an intruder. The winning formula is to choose a fast and secure solution for a reasonable price.
The prices for different remote control software solutions allow any user a range of choices. Some vendors prefer payments per year, others give you the opportunity to buy a license once and use it as long as you want. So now it’s just up to you: LogMeIn for $ 69,95 per year or GoToMyPC for $ 179,40 per year; Radmin for $ 49 for a lifetime license or DameWare for $289 for a lifetime license. I have reviewed all of these and can say without a doubt that Radmin is by far the best buy. In my opinion it is also the most useful at any price.
The trend is very evident to a broad usage of remote control software, which is natural. Programs of optimizing and reducing waste are always popular, but during a crisis these become essential for any company’s IT infrastructure.