Fri, Feb 3 2006 12:18
Are branch offices just for large and enterprise firms?
Looking at this download makes me wonder if companies realize that we're getting a heck of a lot more agile these days..... This Branch office document discusses the how branch offices can provide substantial benefits for organizations of all sizes, especially large ones and enterprises.
But here's the thing...with laptops now out selling desktops.... http://ask.yahoo.com/20060113.html ...define that branch office please? Sometimes that branch office may be just a laptop out in the field. Chad was talking about a setup where the main office has a server, but all the 'remote offices' had only one or two PCs and no server. Offline folders and folder redirection is all fine and good, but when a blog post about troubleshooting offline folders has this much feedback... wonder if it works as well as advertised.
These days you want to sell things to folks? Make sure the mobility stuff is showcased and it's bulletproof and it works. We're not working in offices anymore...we're in Starbucks..or at home. In fact if I were in charge of the Universe I'd be pricing and bundling a SBS mobility pack... SBS+Member server for Terminal Server+Audiofox phones or something. Bottom line I'd bundle a TS "kit" with the needed help and instructions to roll it out effectively. In fact maybe even a different phone line with technical support just for mobility setups.
And can we get over this idea that servers are sold based on the number of employees? I can point to several of my fellow CPA firms that have 35 employees and like six or seven servers. Yet seemingly to Microsoft, having six or seven servers is something you'd only do in mid market settings, yet we do it all the time around here.
Bottom line.. if you need those branch office features in Windows 2003 R2, my understanding is that you can reap all those benefits but they'll have to go on your member servers or you'll have to be a bit more creative is setting up solutions for your "faux branch office".
Filed under: Mobility