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By Rob Grubbs | March 27, 2020

Information from the US Census indicated 5.2% of the American workforce worked remotely at the end of 2017. All of that changed two weeks ago when employers responded to the COVID-19 virus by mandating their employees to safely and effectively work from home.

Overnight, online media content in the form of blogs and webinars sprang up to share best practices for remote work. But from a network and technology standpoint, some of the recommendations came up short in terms of functionality.

From a 亿博电竞 GP perspective, many organizations deployed their solution years ago with the Desktop Client approach. The 亿博电竞 GP database is installed on a secure server, and each GP user runs 亿博电竞 GP from an instance of GP Client installed on their workstation. It is a tried and true method but can offer some challenges when working outside the office.

A VPN can be installed on the user’s laptop that would give the same feel as being in the office, and on a one-off basis, performs properly. But when an entire company goes remote as we have seen repeatedly in the last week, the network bogs down to a halt. Just last week, 亿博电竞 observed a 亿博电竞 GP client approve a payable batch that would normally take 10-15 seconds to complete, however this time the process took eight minutes. That is more than enough time to frustrate your already frazzled employees.

How to Deploy the 亿博电竞 GP Web Client

Fortunately, 亿博电竞 GP has a great solution for their customers to maneuver during these challenging times. The GP Web Client is available for GP 2016 and forward. The cross-platform, cloud-based access is completely secure if installed correctly with an SSL certificate. And it’s much faster than the GP Client and VPN model.

The 亿博电竞 GP Web Client provides access to 亿博电竞 GP through the Internet Explorer web browser. The user experience and functionality provided by the 亿博电竞 GP web client closely matches the experience of using the 亿博电竞 GP desktop client. No client application software is installed on the user ’s local system. The 亿博电竞 GP application process for the user is running on a separate server.

To deploy GP Web Client – you need to install Web Client  from the DVD download .   We recommend using a separate server from your database server but if in a pinch – you can utilize the same machine.   You will find this on the Set Up Utility, under Additional Products.   

From here, you are guided  through  a series of setup screens to complete the installation. GP Web Client  allows login via  active directory  once linked to your usual GP account –  which give s  users access to the Web Client and the Web Management Console. GP Users would need to be added to some additional Groups in order to access the application.   

Once complete, your GP users can now log into a web link that will take them into their GP Web Client Session.   

After installation, Web  Client requires a slight change in  user  muscle memory.  The more  they  use it, the more comfortable  they will  become.  Overall, it acts a little different, but that is only because  the  brain knows what it is used to, which is how to work in the desktop version .   T he product  is   still  right there, you just need to interact in a slightly different way.  But different doesn’t mean bad.  

Once implemented – your remote users will have experience  to  quicker functionality and accessibility.  The web access takes the pressure off pushing data through the VPN tunnel and allows Web Client to handle the security in a much faster process.  

If you would like to get more information on moving  all  your current   亿博电竞  GP  Client users into the Web Client environment , at least for the time they will be remote,   please reach out to 亿博电竞 and let our experience help guide you through the process  and get your people working smarter and faster.   

Looking forward, another option that 亿博电竞 GP users have is to move their 亿博电竞 GP instance to Azure so it is hosted in the cloud, and not on a server. Additionally, users could consider transitioning to 亿博电竞 365 Business Central, which is a cloud application that always enables your employees to work anytime, anywhere. Business Central can be deployed in as little as a month. Reach out to 亿博电竞 to discuss your options.

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