Are you at the forefront of technology innovation or somewhere behind your competitors?

Today we will be discussing the top tips on how to work from home effectively … don’t worry, just kidding. LinkedIn, Facebook or pretty much anywhere you turn has you covered!

We want to look towards the future. The Covid-19 pandemic will end one day and we need to make sure we have used this time effectively. Are we entering the predicted boom (let’s keep positive and assume there will be a boom!) with all of our systems up to date, objectives realigned and ensured we have implemented the technology that we’ve been too busy to look at in the past?

It is time to face facts, you may need an upgrade!

When is the right time to let go of legacy infrastructure and make the prominent leap into the modern world?

One of the reasons employees will look to move to another place of work is if the systems their current company uses are backward, old fashioned, and cause a massive headache when they are trying to get the job done. Our recent survey on home working highlighted that many staff were finding themselves at home without the correct set up/systems to enable them to work effectively.

Hence why the technology that offers a seamless method of capturing data and storing it is so popular, not just with company owners but their staff too. Think about it, tech-savvy professionals have a genuine passion for their tech and will want to have that reflected and supported by their employer.

According to Tech Pro Research, 70% of organizations across industries either already have a digital transformation strategy or are working on it.

· Is now the best time to pick it up and get it right?

· Is your organisation in the right place to move forward post covid-19 with the technology you have?

· How easy would it be to upgrade systems during the current working conditions — training sessions to be conducted remotely and supporting users at home.

When it comes to technological adoption, a study by Adobe and Fortnite with 200 CIOs has proven that some companies are struggling to keep pace. In March 2020, 20% of CIOs reported serious shortfalls in technology tools. Interestingly, less than 25% of CIOs estimated increased financial spending for areas such as public cloud, infrastructure, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.

It is time to acknowledge the elephant in the room!

Embarking on a quest for a renewed reliance on tech is not to be taken lightly. A big challenge, for example, in promoting cloud technology is to reassure companies that deploying these cloud-based systems will not invite major security risks. Research by Centrify found that nearly three-quarters of business decision-makers believe that the shift to 100% remote working during the Covid-19 crisis has increased the likelihood of a cyber breach and 79% of them have already increased their cybersecurity procedures to manage high volumes of remote access over the next three months

The Centrify survey also revealed that 46% of IT leaders have already noted an increase in phishing attacks since implementing a policy of widespread remote working suggesting that low budgets (to be expected at the moment!) and a poor approach to integrating cybersecurity might soon cause problems throughout the entire business.

Change, while stressful, can create opportunity.

However, particularly during this period, it is awe-inspiring to see not only candidates adapt their skill sets to the current changes, but clients are beginning to anticipate and react to keep up with the market. Agility is key and whatever the new status quo that approaches us will be, those in the technology sector need to assess what talent they will need to be at the forefront of a newly defined tech-dependent ecosystem.

Covid-19 is unlike anything we could have imagined. It seems surreal at the moment that life will ever return to normal… Nevertheless, it is all too easy to get lost in the unknown and the time is fast approaching when we will need to move back into first gear (and the office) and rev up the engines to kickstart the industry. It is vital that companies take this time to analyse their infrastructure, identify the weak points and get a game plan in place! Don’t make the mistake of taking your eye off the goal when your employees will be looking to you for inspiration.



What do you think?

Written by Alex Dover


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