The new normal has given us a huge lesson on adaptability. Businesses are now finding themselves having to provide the right infrastructure for employees to work from anywhere – from offices to homes. Disruption can happen anytime and significantly change things almost overnight.
Instead of scrambling to keep up with change, organisations have to be prepared to enable staff to continue being productive and meeting business and customer demands with minimal interruption to workflows.
Technology has truly made a difference over the past few months. Due to the implementation of remote-working practices, there has been a significant surge in businesses turning to online collaboration and communication. Just a couple of decades ago, none of this was possible at the scale, speed and efficiency seen today.
Similarly, technology now provides tools that can ease the transition to remote working for employees. Businesses are now able to build location-agnostic work platforms on the cloud. As the name suggests, having such a platform in place means that the workforce is well-prepared for unexpected changes, being able to work from anywhere at the drop of a hat.
According to IBM’s Business Continuity in Pandemics Report, to support remote working environments, businesses need a platform that can fully equip employees with the tools and processes they need, especially for project teams involved in creating, developing, testing and delivering IT solutions for clients. The cloud provides a solid foundation to enable employees to be their most productive.
Regardless of whether teams are together in the office or scattered across the world, the report states that with the right cloud-based work environment, work efficiency, productivity and quality are not only maintained but enhanced. Containerisation is key here as it increases the portability of the applications that employees need and simplifies their deployment.
Businesses will also want to establish a certain level of transparency and trust with their employees. Mechanisms can be built into the platform so that companies can have visibility on details about project statuses, worker performances, budget status, labour utilisation status as well as detailed DevOps statuses. In fact, such platforms allow for greater visibility and transparency compared to regular work practices.
An equally important point for businesses to note is to secure their platforms. As more employees gain remote access to corporate data, there is a higher risk of security breaches, data leaks and cyber-attacks. Enabling secure, agile access to workloads ensures business continuity with minimal disruption.
Last but not least, building an effective remote-working system has to be cost-effective so that it can be scaled for the workforce without costing a fortune. IBM Cloud offers an open and secure public cloud to help businesses achieve this new reality.
As remote working becomes the new normal, IBM offers a cost-effective, scalable solution to tackle business continuity challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and also post pandemic.
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