Post-Pandemic Digital Transformation For Business
If “necessity is the mother of invention,” coronavirus (COVID-19)has forced many around the world to rethink our daily lives from work to school to entertainment. In response to travel bans, school closures, and recommendations to not gather in large groups and keep our distance from fellow humans to limit the spread of the virus, many people turned to digital tools to keep some semblance of normality. It’s been imperative to digitally transform our places of work and education to be able to operate effectively. Those companies able to use technology well to keep going and rethink their business model for the future by fast-tracking digital transformation will find themselves with a head start on their competition, in the post-pandemic world.
So let us take a look at just how the COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking digital transformation in many, many companies…
Ability to Work from Home:
Even companies that were resistant to the concept of a distributed workforce have been forced to allow working from home, so work can still be done while taking precautions to halt the spread of the virus.
While the ability to work from home is a benefit many employees value, many companies lack the technology infrastructure structure to offer that capability without some sacrifices to “business as usual.” However, one unexpected outcome of COVID-19 is that companies realize the benefits of fast-tracking digital transformation.
While some companies will eventually go back to rigid work-in-office policies, it’s expected that some will realise the benefits to employees and that in fact, it can be done effectively. If nothing else, they will have valuable experience about what is needed and how to accommodate work-from-home needs in the future when it’s required again due to another outbreak or other reasons.
Broadband connectivity, fibre and 5G:
Businesses need a super-fast network to be able to stay connected to their distributed workforce, whether they be at home, in smaller satellite offices or overseas, to carry our daily tasks by video conferencing, so ensuring that their business broadband package is always the best available on the market with the fastest connections and reliability will become more of a priority.
Apps and Software:
We have all lived on Microsoft Teams and Zoom for the past year. Whether this has been for work, learning at home or even socialising, apps and software to connect with others will no doubt evolve quickly and as a business, you need to keep yours up to date.
Moving your business to the cloud is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. To ensure your workforce can access your systems remotely, pay your supplier and issue your payroll, the cloud is now at the centre of everything your company needs to do daily to operate. If you haven’t taken action yet, then make sure it is at the top of your list for this year.
Your business may be well ahead on all of these points, but if you are not then we can lend a helping hand. Get in touch with us at email@example.com or 01622 826826, we are always happy to chat and would be delighted to get your business on track for the post-pandemic business climate.