Research carried out by Samsung Business Communication shows that 66 per cent of employers do not trust their staff to work from home, pointing to concerns about employee productivity as the main barrier to increased teleworking. Only 46 per cent of UK companies offer employees the opportunity to work from home, compared to 72 per cent in the Netherlands and 78 per cent in Sweden. The survey found that workers in the UK commute on average 7 hours a week compared to 4.7 hours in the Netherlands and 3.7 hours in Sweden. According to figures from BT it costs #16000 per year to support an office based employee compared to #2500 for a home-worker. Related Posts:No Related Posts

New from Brother the QL550 die-cut label printer offers a maximum label width of 62mm and can churn out up to 50 labels per second. The machine can handle a wide range of label types including barcode, shipping, CD and badges, and used with Brother’s continuous tape media the device can also be used to print out warning or direction signs of up to 1 meter in length. The machine offers the convenient ability to print single labels without having to run large label sheets through the office network printer, but is equally capable of handling large runs of labels. Lesley Howe, Brother’s identification product manager, says: “Though Brother is entering a new market – with some well-established products –[…]

According to research commissioned by Pointsec Mobile Technologies the easiest way to gain access to confidential business information is through an insufficiently protected handheld computer. Two thirds of PDAs are used to store client details and corporate information without adequate protection. Employee apathy and sloppy habits are blamed for putting corporate confidentiality at risk. The survey found that a third of users do not password protect their devices and two thirds of all users do not use any kind of encryption to protect confidential data on their PDAs. Users also store sensitive personal information such as PIN numbers and bank account details and lists of passwords on their unprotected. The survey reports that over 50 per cent of companies now[…]

Microsoft’s plans to tackle spam with its SenderID initiative were delayed this month when the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) refused to proceed with the technology in its current form. SenderID aims to make it easier to authenticate the source of an email, and while this is unlikely to entirely eliminate spam, it could go a long way to combating email fraud because falsifying the sender details of emails would become impossible. Microsoft wants to make SenderID into a web-wide standard technology as part of a multi-faceted anti-spam drive. The IETF is the body charged with ratifying and documenting standards used on the web. The organisation has refused to endorse SenderID because it is concerned about patent restrictions placed on[…]

Most people probably never think much about the ink cartridges they use in their inkjet printers, but Hewlett Packard employs a small army of specialist ink-scientists who think about little else. The company this month announced the release of its second generation of ink cartridges featuring a range of improvements both to the cartridges and the inks to improve printer performance and the quality and longevity of colour prints. The new cartridges use improved print heads with a higher number of nozzles, allowing them to cover a greater page area in one pass and thereby increasing the speed of printing. HP also claims that the new shape of the cartridges allows them to position ink more accurately on the page,[…]

According to new research carried out by hardware vendor Dell in association with the Institute of Directors, 84 per cent of UK small and medium sized businesses see technology as being key to the future growth of their business. The Dell/IoD Business Technology Trends Survey 2004 was carried out via the IoD’s website in June of this year and polled 562 of the institute’s member organisations about their current and future IT plans. The survey revealed that while 48 per cent of companies which responded had dedicated IT departments to handle their computing systems, 21 per cent said that their technology infrastructure was run by a manager with other key responsibilities aside from IT. Just 23 per cent of respondents[…]

LINX Mauls Spam The London Internet Exchange, responsible for routing much of the UK’s internet traffic, launched a clampdown on spam this month when its members, which include leading ISPs, agreed to close down any ecommerce sites owned by known spammers. It is hoped that this will remove the financial benefits of spamming and thus reduce the temptation of online stores to use unsolicited email as a sales tactic. www.linx.net Microsoft, Polycom Partner Videoconferencing specialist Polycom has formed a strategic alliance with Microsoft which will see the two companies collaborating on marketing and product development. Initial offerings are scheduled for late 2004 and will see the integration of Microsoft’s instant messaging technologies with various Polycom videoconferencing systems. www.microsoft.com www.polcom.com Workers[…]

Olivetti D-copia At under £6,000 the D- Copia is by far and away the cheapest model featured here. However, with 50ppm copy/print speed and a good selection of finishing options, the machine should provide a more than capable device for a mid size workgroup. Xerox CopyCentre C165 A 65ppm copier from Xerox, capable of handling paper sizes up to A3 format, although no performance data for that size was provided. As you would expect from Xerox, a wide range of finishing options are available and the device shares a common user interface with other machines in the range. Imagistics IM5530 With a monthly duty cycle of 400,000 pages this machine offers a good option for the small office with a[…]

Unlike a stand alone copier most MFPs are likely to be attached to your organisation’s network, which means that it needs to be secure and will integrate well into your IT infrastructure. This in turn means that the IT department should be involved in the process. “It is important to ensure that IT are involved in whatever project plans are taking place right from the start, whether that is an external company or an in-house IT department. It really is crucial particularly from a buying point of view to make sure that you do not go half way down the road only to find out that IT are concerned about its integration, particularly if it has got unique software attributes.”[…]

An interesting side effect of increasing MFP sales is that they are making scanners more accessible to office workers. While scanners have been around for a long time, they have not really made a big impact in the office environment, instead remaining in specialist areas such as graphics production. Now, however, many businesses are finding that the scanner capability offered by their MFP can be put to good use. With appropriate software, MFPs can be set up to scan documents such as invoices and send the data directly to relevant applications such as Sage accounting software. Or they can be used to scan important documents directly to a PDF format file which can then be automatically sent to a backup[…]