The COVID-19 pandemic is fast becoming more than just a health crisis all over the world. Markets and economies are beginning to see the full impact of the virus as businesses are experiencing unprecedented situations in making decisions that will have huge effects on their profitability. Be it enterprises or SMEs; employees are now unable to go to work following government lockdown order in some countries and regions around the world.
Here in Southeast Asia, many cities are already in a state of lockdown. Meaning, everyone has to be at home and work from home. Companies like Grab, Heineken Malaysia and Nestle have already prepared to have their employees work from home. Meanwhile, enterprises like Apple, Microsoft and others have had to shut down most of their physical stores in affected regions, but still require some employees to work remotely.
While some organisations can manage their employees working out of office, many are caught off guard the moment the government announces that offices need to close, and employees are required to work from home. This is a risky situation as these companies can face tremendous losses if they are not prepared for sudden and unexpected disruptions.
In order to avoid such problems, companies need to have a reliable business continuity plan. From an IT perspective, large enterprises as well as SMEs are turning to digital workspaces to enable their employees to work from anywhere possible in times of crisis so that the business is able to continue unimpeded. Today, there is a myriad of digital workspace services and solutions available, each offering different functions and capabilities to suit the requirements of modern organisations. Choosing the right one is no easy feat.
However, one key factor organisations need to look into when it comes to a digital workspace is its depth in management capabilities. Companies have to ensure they are not only able to efficiently manage the varying workloads and applications on a digital workspace but also have constant visibility on their employees and the devices they are using to work.
Some enterprises provide mobile devices preinstalled with security patches and a secure connection for remote work. But not all companies can afford that. In fact, a growing number of today’s employees prefer to work on their own devices. While there is nothing wrong with that, organisations need to ensure their devices are well secured and patched to avoid any cybersecurity problems.
VMware offers digital workspace management tools through its Workspace ONE platform. VMware Workspace ONE allows companies to centrally control end-users’ mobile devices and cloud-hosted virtual desktops as well as applications from the cloud or on-premises deployment.
Join this webinar by VMware & IGS to find out how your organisation can benefit from a digital workspace. You definitely need to have a robust business continuity plan in these trying times, and it starts by ensuring you have the right digital workspace for your employees.
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