One of the great benefits of a managed programs approach is that workers who arrive from an IT company on a regular basis to provide your firm with services keep up to date with improvements and enhancements in the tech world. Because these workers know your systems and your network, they are ideally positioned to know when new features that can help you are becoming available in the products you use.
Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2 is a case in point. Available in editions classed as Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter, this version of Windows Server incorporates features that are designed to help workers become more productive.
One such feature is DirectAccess, which helps remote users access company IT resources in a seamless manner. Traditionally, such a connection required users to set up and use a virtual private network. This required the use of a client program and could be an administrative headache, from an IT point of view. By using DirectAccess instead, users will no longer have to keep remote and local connections distinguished. This saves workers effort even as it helps your managed programs staff maintain better access control measures as well as complete security protection.
A second new productivity feature is BranchCache, designed to be used as a solution for accessing content. BranchCache makes use of the cache of stored files on a local network so that users requesting access to the file can be provided with the cached copy. This eases wait times for users and helps to reduce bandwidth consumption between different portions of a network.