Remote Working: The vaccine that keeps business alive

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  • Coronavirus sparks the deployment of more elaborate forms of remote work
  • In the face of disruptions, CIOs become the glue that holds businesses together
  • E-learning – the need of the hour as preventive measures are rolled out to contain the spread of COVID-19
  • The emergency adoption of remote working has lead to the fast-tracking of planned tech projects

At the time of writing this blog, travel bans are rolling out across the globe as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 100,000. Work-From-Home (WFH) and home-schooling have become a necessity, with businesses like the travel industry even requesting their staff to consider voluntary leave to mitigate losses being incurred from paused travel plans.

The only viable interim solution is to move from a physical to a virtual environment – a contingency plan that needs to go beyond simple video conferencing, to using remote platforms to hold meetings, conduct training, and follow updates from co-workers.

Future-proofing Workstations

The first step to carving out a successful transition is future-proofing workstations. The right tools are critical to bringing intellectual property to life effectively. Each element must work together seamlessly – cloud, processors, monitors, graphics, software and so on.

Depending on the industry and job role, the software needed is different. If the system isn’t ready to run the applications required wherever and whenever, this can result in inefficiency, added costs and wasted time. At Dell Technologies, we partner with key software companies to test industry leading applications, ensuring our Precision Workstations support these.

As secure as an on-premises meeting

When the right workstations are in place, one of the next challenges for CIOs striving to enable seamless remote working is security. Ensuring data, servers and even communication is secure when employees are working remotely can be problematic to say the least, but the right solution can allow confidential data and documents to remain secure wherever employees are working.

Preparation is no longer optional

Beyond this global pandemic, virtual meetings are becoming an part of everyday business life. Yet they remain challenging, if not frustrating, in part, due to the lack of recognition at how rapid and intrinsic digital reliance is, and the subsequent lag in the deployment of appropriate digital architecture and infrastructure to support that trend.

With the right devices and security measures in place, the concept of virtual meetings can quickly become a reality, allowing employees to be more flexible in the way they work, and enabling offices and teams to collaborate seamlessly with minimal travel expense. Virtual meetings would let organizations be more adaptable when travel is not an option, and with the impact of COVID-19 at the top of everyone’s priority list at the moment, this has never been more critical.

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