Novell® Virtual Office increases employee productivity while reducing costs. Virtual Office lets users set up and manage many of their own networking, information sharing, and data backup processes. It also helps users organize projects and collaborate with team members in real time from any location. Virtual Office creates a self-service work environment, which significantly reduces support calls.

Virtual Office is a useful tool for team collaboration. Users can create their own functional teams, called virtual teams, without needing any interaction or rights from the system administrator. Users who join a virtual team can access shared documents, discussion threads, bookmarks, and a team calendar. All users on a team have access to the information and services from anywhere. This significantly improves group productivity within your organization.

The following are some of the network administrative tasks users can do with Virtual Office:

Virtual Office Case Studies

Example One

Four employees need to collaborate on a project. They all need immediate access to the same files and they need to correspond frequently. Two of the employees are in one office and the other two reside in other locations. They can use Virtual Office to successfully manage their project. Initially, the project lead can create a virtual team so all team members can do the following regardless of their locations:

Example Two

An employee on his way to a meeting discovers that the battery on his laptop is drained and does not have time to retrieve his charger. Still, he needs to access some of his files, print copies of the agenda, and look at his calendar. After arriving at the meeting, he borrows a laptop and uses Virtual Office to accomplish the following:

The following chapters provide information on installing and configuring Virtual Office on your workstation: