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Why Remote Offices Mean Better IT Teams

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Today's IT worker is mobile and traditional ideas about brick-and-mortar offices no longer apply. This shift is a good thing as companies are already reaping benefits such as reduced costs, better productivity and a larger pool of IT talent. Of course, there are challenges managers need to overcome.

As the IT market evolves, so has the way America's IT workers do their job. According to a recent BLS survey, 24 percent of working Americans reported that they work at least some hours at home each week.

As IT job markets become more and more competitive, this trend is likely to continue. While this shift offers many benefits, it also brings its own set of problems that center on communication, collaboration and the unification of your team. CIO.com spoke with the CEO of REAL Software, Geoff Perlman, to find out what it takes to run an operation that consists entirely of remote employees.

"Remote employees are increasingly common in the IT field. It's an adjustment that's happening," says Perlman, who has a unique perspective on remote employees having run a technology company for more than four years, employing only remote workers. However, it wasn't always that way. While Perlman was starting his company in Austin, Texas, in 2008 he had only one remote developer who didn't want to leave his native Colorado. As his company grew, and he hired more remote office employees, he became more and more comfortable with the idea.

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