Technology Resources

Technology Resources

Advancements in hardware, software, and other technologies continue to enhance productivity for telecommuters and other employees with flexible work arrangements. Below are just some of the resources available.

Smartphones

Smartphones have become ubiquitous in flexible work arrangements. MIT’s Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) Department currently supports four mobile devices: Android, Apple iOS, and Windows 10. Learn more about mobile device support at MIT.

Software

Connectivity

The Cisco Systems VPN Client is an application that helps employees connect securely to a virtual private network (VPN).

Password Management

LastPass is a password management system that helps employees remember all of their passwords. The system also removes the insecurity of using the same passwords for multiple sites or sharing passwords with others. Learn more.

Voice

Sylantro is a VOIP application that allows you to forward your desk phone to your mobile number.

Learn more about using VOIP services at MIT.

Document Management and Collaboration

Microsoft Office 365

The industry standard for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and more, this application also includes Microsoft Outlook for email and shared calendars. Now available in a mobile version.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a hosting service offering cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. MIT IS&T also offers Dropbox Paper, a collaborative word-processing application. Learn more about Dropbox at MIT.

Google Drive

A file storage and synchronization service by Google, it works with a suite of productivity tools, including Google Docs (word processor), Google Sheets (spreadsheets), and Google Slides (presentation program). Learn more.

Quip

This collaborative productivity software suite is designed for mobile and the Web. Learn more.

Wikis

A wiki is a website that allows collaborative modification of its content and structure.

Learn more about Wikis at MIT.

Video conferencing

Also known as "visual collaboration," video conferencing is a type of groupware that allows people at two or more locations to communicate via video and/or audio technologies. There are several video conferencing products and applications on the market, including:

  • Skype for Business
  • Jabber
  • Google Hangouts
  • FaceTime
  • WebEx

Learn more about the different video-conferencing options supported at MIT.

IM/Chat

This type of online chat features real-time transmission. Several products and applications are available, including:

  • Jabber (Mac, Windows, iOS)
  • Yammer
  • Zephyr (Athena)
  • Spark
  • Slack
  • Pidgin

Learn more about the different instant-messaging options supported at MIT.

Code management

GitHub is a web-based hosting service that allows you to upload and share code.

Learn more.

Task/Project management

The web-based management application Trello helps you keep track of projects and collaborate with teams. Learn more.

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