Improving the effectiveness of tele-working

Many small and medium sized companies work with several business partners often distributed over a large area. Maintaining effective co-operation frequently requires considerable travel, which imposes much non-productive time. Tele-working has been proposed as an alternative, yet still lacks the mechanisms required for effective co-ordination of work.

The COBIP project shows how co-operation between companies can be made more efficient, by moving the work to the worker instead of the worker to the work. The COBIP tools are based on methods of modelling the different business processes, defining workflow and executing that workflow with the support of video-conferencing. They are aimed at two types of user: mobile or tele-workers offering their skills through remote workplaces and organisations requiring the services offered by such people.

Companies using the COBIP tools can increase their competitiveness by reducing costs, and by augmenting both business process efficiency and productivity. Increased flexibility through the use of tele-workers allows faster turnaround times and reduced costs, as well as supplying access to a wider range of skills and expertise not always found within a local area. Companies using COBIP can expect a return on investment within a period of a few months.

Visitors to the COBIP stand will see the modelling of business processes and how workflow is defined and executed. The workflow takes place between widely separated European workplaces, with locations in Germany and Portugal linked to the exhibition.

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