The pandemic has changed everything, with IT departments scrambling to reassess their priorities and establish a robust digital backbone for the future; one which is secure, flexible and resilient.
In the UK alone, nearly half of workers (47 percent) found themselves working from home in some capacity in April, with 86 percent of them doing so as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics. Those workers aren't keen to immediately go back to the old 9-5 routine either, with 82 percent of European workers wanting to continue remote working in some capacity, according to a July survey by Morgan Stanley.
The resulting challenge for IT professionals will be a familiar one: how to please everyone in an environment where flexibility is key. The hard work of getting an entire workforce set up from home has been achieved by most, now expectations have shifted there is a requirement to meet a more diverse set of business requirements while maintaining the same security, administration and regulatory controls.
From a technology perspective, this is often the point where cloud is lauded as our saviour. Many will be wary of such thinking however. While the public cloud offers great advantages of speed and agility, it still needs to coexist with on-premise investments and legacy systems. Long story short: the hybrid world is here to stay.
That leaves the task ahead for many to bridge those two worlds effectively.
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