Providing Network Access to Company Offices

FRAMINGHAM (03/20/2000) - The Goal: Garguilo Inc. wanted to provide network access to salespeople and managers from other company offices.

Greatest Benefit: Convenience for mobile workers. Putting them in a special office when they're on-site makes it easy to locate them.

Salespeople at tomato grower Garguilo really have no fixed address; they tend to work wherever the crops are ripe. It's rare to find one with a fixed office at the company's headquarters in Naples, Fla.

Information systems director Roger Glenn and network administrator Monti Ihrig built a hoteling work space for transient colleagues that lets them log easily into mission-critical servers and corporate applications.

The hoteling office supplies the minimum tools necessary: a network connection, a phone line and a printer. Garguilo runs its own telephone system, so it costs next to nothing to add users.

Garguilo did buy additional software, including Client Access from IBM and Rhumba from Cupertino, Calif.-based NetManage Inc., for users' laptops. Each person has to have a user name and password to log on to the network; an additional log-on process guards access to the company's AS/400.

All in all, it was a simple, inexpensive solution, and a popular one, says Glenn. The Naples office is used every day, and the packing plant in Fresno, Calif., has a similar setup.

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