March 27, 2020 - by Synoptek
While the COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis, it also brings significant impact to businesses globally. Considering the recent pandemic, enterprises have re-assessed their operations to ensure the safety of their employees – without disturbing business continuity. Several organizations in affected geographies have mandated work-from-home (telecommute) policies for their employees and canceled non-critical business travel plans with immediate effect. However, not all these organizations have the requisite technology stack or a trained workforce to guarantee a 100% secure and productive remote-work setup.
COVID-19 has brought to the forefront several historically overlooked vulnerabilities of the traditional IT enterprise setup. Many businesses have temporarily shut down due to inability to deal with crises of this scale. Several other companies have realized that they are not equipped to ensure 100% productivity with a temporary remote setup and now look to improve their current setup immediately.
In a crisis like this, which can last for an indefinite time, making quick, highly informed workforce productivity decisions and following up with immediate action is critical to ensure essential business operations aren’t impacted. To minimize disruption and enable corporate workforces to operate remotely, enterprises must take action NOW.
Enterprises should immediately analyze their existing technology stack and evaluate their current collaboration setup and its scalability. This step is critical and best followed by executing strategy to ensure collaboration amongst their remote workforce, continuity of business operations, and security of existing systems and data are sufficiently supported. To begin with, from a technology point of view, enterprises need to have the following types of tools present in their technology stack:
In these uncertain times, tech giants such as Microsoft and Google are offering enterprises free or heavily subsidized subscriptions to their collaboration platforms. Microsoft currently provides free subscription to Microsoft Teams for the next 6-months, while Google has enabled access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities for all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally.
The current catastrophe has brought the growing need for a globally connected and fully optimized work setup to the center stage. Therefore, enterprises must not merely address the situation with a quick fix or a workaround. Implementing a safe and secure remote work setup is a full-fledged project that must be handled by an experienced Managed Services provider. Enterprises must look at this situation as an opportunity to create a crisis-resilient workforce and a technology environment that can support their business not only through the current crisis, but any that may come in the future.
An experienced Managed Services partner can help organizations:
Synoptek is an award-winning global systems integrator and managed IT services provider, offering comprehensive IT management and consultancy services to organizations worldwide. Over 20 years of our existence, we have partnered with clients of all sizes – from mid-market to Fortune 100. We recognize that in the current situation, several companies might need immediate assistance with the rapid implementation of their work-from-home programs. Therefore, Synoptek is making its expert consultancy team available to help these companies plan and address their immediate as well as their long-term IT infrastructure and workforce enablement needs.
Interested in our work-from-home enablement program? Contact a Synoptek expert today.