As businesses and governments reacted to red alerts aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, the people in charge of managing the technologies powering those organizations felt added pressure from an unprecedented wave of work-at-home employees.
Chief information officers around the world saw their IT teams hammered by employee demand for remote access to business data and applications. The dramatic pivot from office to remote working in early March was a wakeup call for many IT departments, and for others, it was a time to shine, according to Wendy M.Pfeiffer, CIO of Nutanix.
“Engaging and enabling employees through technology has grown even more critical for IT leaders during what is becoming a ‘seismic shift to remote work’ fueled by the pandemic,” stated Pfeiffer in an article in CNBC.
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She pointed out that business productivity is heavily reliant on business data. Providing data access to employees in an office setting is one thing, but providing it to employees working remotely requires robust planning and the ability to scale and react quickly to changing needs.
“As employees increasingly interact with technology from their homes, user-friendliness, design, and utility play more important roles in fostering worker productivity,” she said.
Plan and Test for All Scenarios
Nearly three-fourths (74%) of global respondents to a 2019 IWG Global Workplace Survey believe that flexible working is the norm. “It's one thing to have part of the workforce at home and an entirely different scenario when thousands of people are trying to connect remotely to a VPN simultaneously,” said Pfeiffer. “It becomes a test of whether your system will scale.”