Want to work from home? Try my strategy.

by Brianna Stevens on January 11, 2013

It's a bizarre day, indeed, when everything goes according to plan—which is why I try to stay prepared for Murphy's Law to strike at any time (Girl Scouts taught me well). So, I didn't really miss a beat last Wednesday when I was waiting for a plumber to show up and my wi-fi router unexpectedly uttered its last gasp and died.

I know that many people in the same position would have at least a mini panic attack. I had told my boss I'd be working at home, which meant I would have to be even more productive than in the office (since I'm always complaining about how distracted I get trying to write in our boisterous office environment). After all, that's my most convincing reason for working at home. The good news was that even a lack of connectivity wouldn't get in my way.

In fact, that's one of the best and most unusual features of MokaFive's software—it can be used both online and offline. Not just “use,” as in work on documents I already have on my computer or my iPad. But “use,” as in, the software gives me access to all of the resources, offline folders, and whatever else I need…even when I'm offline.

How does Mokafive perform this impressive feat?

It's all due to the “magic” of client-side virtualization. Our IT department creates a desktop image with pointers to all of our network resources, and because the image runs locally (via a VM), it works even when I'm offline. The image is centrally managed, conferring the advantages of server-based VDI, but requires no additional backend datacenter infrastructure, so it costs about 1/10th of the price.

So, MokaFive is what lets me work at home and stay productive, even when I'm not connected to our company network. As a cool side benefit, by staying home that day, I saved the earth's atmosphere from the 57.6 pounds of carbon emissions that I normally dump into the air each day as I commute. (According to http://www.travelmatters.org/calculator/individual/methodology, the average car creates about 1.2 pounds of carbon per mile traveled, and I drive 50 miles each day, round trip). So, even if I get accused of being less productive, I'll be sure to point this out to my boss (do I have good justifications for working at home, or what?).

So, all's well that ends well. Feel free to use my “excuses,” for working at home–productivity and saving the ozone layer–on your boss. And while you're at it, tell them how MokaFive could help your coworkers stay productive when they're out of the office…even when there's no Internet connection.


Brianna Politzer Stevens
Director of Marketing,


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