Covid-19 has proved to be challenging to businesses of all sizes. Some companies have rebranded, while others chose to fully shut down. The ones who were successful were the ones willing to adapt and grow. While we hope it evolves into something less severe, it will affect the future of work for the years to come.
Take a look at the most successful businesses of today. These are the companies that had apps that offered online ordering and in-store pickup or delivery. Many business owners had to reach outside their comfort zones to try a new app or connectivity software to allow their employees to work from home. They had to address the worry that company data be kept safe and secure from outside threats.
At first, we thought it would only be a few weeks, then a few months of changes. Now we’re in our second year, and experts are saying that Covid isn’t going away any time soon. But the good news is that even though businesses have had to adapt, that they have actually saved money in many other ways too. For instance, allowing employees to work from home means that expensive office space leasing isn’t necessary. Telephone systems can be managed through VoIP rather than landlines.
Another aspect of the IT industry that is thriving is for company’s data and files to be stored in the Cloud, rather than being accessed directly from company’s servers in an office building. Since remote workers need this access, it makes more sense for them to utilize dedicated Cloud services rather than a company going to the expense of buying servers that will be out of date in four years.
The future of work-from-home also means that firewalls and data security must become more powerful at fighting off cyber and malware attacks. Cloud security providers will continue to grow, as businesses and companies will want to out-source all their IT services so that managers and employees can access company files and data from behind well-protected firewalls. These Cloud-based services will continue to be improved and expanded, which will be more budget-efficient, as internet services are hired on a subscription-based model, rather than a company needing their own IT department.
Automation is continuing to grow, allowing users to utilize simple online tools to find the information they need, rather than needing to place a lengthy phone call. This also lessens the need for staff to be present at the business too.
Covid-19 may be here to stay. Small, medium, large, and corporate-sized businesses are all going to have to continue to adapt and grow. There may even be more exciting changes in the IT world that will help your business to succeed during these interesting times. If your business or company needs assistance in upgrades or in implementing new software to help your employees and staff work-from-home or in the Cloud, please contact us now for support.