Most of us have already been moved during the last years by new technologies, digitalization, demographic changes, political uncertainties etc However, coronavirus crisis was one of a kind. Businesses were seriously disrupted and are now trying to adapt to new data, reassess and reinvent their activities and prepare for the new normal in order to preserve their viability in a volatile market. Nike is offering online fitness classes, educational institutions are providing online learning, the demand of Netflix and Amazon Prime has gone up dramatically and online grocery retailers try to keep pace with increasing demand.
But how will your business prepare for business as usual? Digitalization may play a crucial role in moderating the impact of the global pandemic. Staying connected and maintaining effective communication with your team, your partners and your customers means you ensure continuity and stay productive. You need to choose the tools and solutions that may assist you to adapt quickly, while remaining true to your vision and making the right decisions. In the majority of companies, there are employees are working from home, while almost all of companies have cancelled work-related travel. A Gartner, Inc. survey of 229 HR leaders on April 2 revealed that nearly 50% of organizations reported 81% or more of their employees are working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Another 15% of those surveyed said 61-80% of employees are working remotely at this time. The Gartner survey showed that many workers are planning to work remotely more often in the future. Consequently, technological innovation is no longer just a competitive advantage. It is a necessity.
While 30% of employees surveyed worked remotely at least part of the time before the pandemic, Gartner analysis reveals that post-pandemic, 41% of employees are likely to work remotely at least some of the time. Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic has many employees planning to work in a way that they hadn’t previously considered” said Brian Kropp, chief of research for the Gartner HR practice.
Using cloud computing to scale your business
A growing number of companies is pinning its hopes on digital transformation in order to survive, as it is now evident that reverting back to traditional infrastructure is no longer an option. Cloud solutions have emerged as the drivers of business and decisions for cloud services signal a shift from on-premise systems to cloud ones. Companies are taking advantage of SaaS based models that are cheap, fast and effective to deploy and can be provided to clients of any size.
In cloud computing model, the cloud service provider supplies the infrastructure, the technology platforms and many of the software services and applications allowing for a shift away from capital expenditures (capex) costs and responsibilities towards an operational expenditure (opex) model. In this case, even small companies may now have access to economies of scale once reserved only for large enterprises. Further, thanks to opex-charges computing resources, companies can now reinvent, co-create, collaborate and innovate in new ways.
Cloud computing can and must be seen as a flexible business platform offering commercial growth, agility, expansion and change. Cloud computing is the technology you don’t have to think about, as almost anything is possible with cloud. Communication and collaboration services, data-rich applications, visualization tools and business dashboards are just a few examples of cloud’s massive breadth and depth.
Move forward with cloud
The way of doing business will forever be transformed. In an era of large-scale remote work, cloud computing boosts the operation of businesses, supporting workplace innovation. Cloud infrastructure offers great capacity, resiliency and security and a fast and efficient way of moving workloads. But cloud computing isn’t just that. Enterprises can extend the life cycle of their assets, while moving to a subscription-based, pay-as-you-go model. Cloud credits may also be used by highly motivated businesses to support essential services, improve computer density and rationalize OS licenses for cost savings. Covid-19 accelerated the cloud journey. The world is changing. To improve your business resilience, to control your costs and most importantly to survive, you need to move forward.