Acquisitive holding company the Claxson Group is implementing thin client technology across its businesses to give access to centrally based applications and remove the need to build IT infrastructures from scratch.
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The company, which currently has four businesses in its stable and is looking at making more acquisitions, is using Citrix software to allow its 70 staff to connect securely to all office applications from any location and on any device.
The group of companies includes businesses as diverse as IT supplier Comtec Enterprises and the West Sussex Polo club.
"As we got the extra companies, being able to support these locations was not feasible. There is a cost and time to get on site and give each location a server and a backbone," said Nick Claxson, managing director at the Claxson Group.
"We wanted to keep a greater degree of control over costs as well as procedures but needed to have a reliable [technology] to provide secure remote connection on demand," said Claxson.
The software is housed at the company's main datacentre using HP Blade servers, and users can run Microsoft remote desktops from any remote PC.
Claxson said remote workers have found support easier because of the centralised control, while mobile workers are receiving connectivity via Vodafone Mobile Connect modems.
"On realising the benefits of providing a secure remote access to the business we have also adopted and implemented new mobile PDA devices which are 3G enabled and allow direct push email to the handset, which again keeps remote employees connected at all times, which obviously helps drive the productivity of the business," said Claxson.