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As the COVID-19 crisis took effect, businesses rushed to deploy technology that would help their teams work remotely and continue to be effective. The situation created widespread concern around a range of issues, from the ability of employers to deliver home working infrastructure, to productivity levels and the impact of lockdown on existing IT projects.
By Chris Pont, CEO at IJYI.
COVID has triggered a massive digital shift, encouraging more businesses to migrate their operations online to the cloud, and well away from legacy systems. Not only does the move toward digitalization streamline organizational processes, but it makes companies more resilient, more robust, and, most importantly, more adaptable to unforeseen events such as the coronavirus.
By Emma Maslen, an executive coach and adviser to start-ups.
One of the key components to commercial success is being able to adapt rapidly to changing environments. 2020 presented a clear example, with COVID-19 forcing many organisations to pivot with little warning.
By Matt Shearer, Director of Product Innovation, Data Language.
At the height of lockdown measures in the UK, 69% of the 33 million British workers were working remotely according to a study commissioned by Ciena. With millions of people working from home, children studying remotely while they wait to see if they can go back to school in the coming weeks, and social lives still mostly focused indoors, home broadband has become more important than ever before.
By Jamie Jefferies, GM and VP of EMEA at Ciena.
The UK recently entered into a recession and financial markets have now officially taken their worst hit in over a decade, with many businesses having indefinitely, and in some cases irreversibly, shut their doors. Others have had to completely rethink the way they do business. The world saw gin distilleries pivot to make hand sanitiser, supermarkets introduce drive-through options and gyms move their workouts online. In the early days of lockdown, Dyson – known for its vacuum cleaners – moved towards manufacturing medical ventilators.
By Jan Philipp Thomsen, Vice President Business Models & Enablement at Celonis.
Recently, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield suggested that tech leaders need to make peace with permanent remote work. He predicted that Slack’s future workforce will remain 20-30% remote: the majority coming into the office 1-2 days per week for face time with their teams, home working the rest of the time.
By Ed Butler, CEO & Founder, Amito.
The manufacturing industry is producing more data than ever before as sensors become readily available and manufacturers look to squeeze ROI out of existing machinery while modernising their operations for the digital future.
By Daniel Valle, Chief Technologist - Service Providers EMEA at World Wide Technology.
The coronavirus crisis has forced many companies to push ahead with digital transformation at high speed, causing many challenges for IT and security teams. Challenges include the need for extensive hardware purchases and new processes for home office work, but also connecting to the company’s own IT infrastructure and accessing files and apps that employees need.
By Ian Pitt, CIO of LogMeIn.
At the end of April 2020, it was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that 49% of the UK adult workforce were working from home full time. This equates to approximately 16 million people up from just 1.5 million a decade ago. Although it is hoped that many will return to offices during the next few months, a number of high profile organisations including Facebook, Barclays and French carmaker Groupe PSA have stated that they intend to make home working a permanent option for a larger portion of their workforce.
By Zabrina Doerck, Director of Product Marketing, Global Enterprise, Infovista.
John Hayes-Warren, CEO of Agilitas, discusses the findings of the company’s 2023 Channel Trends report, with customer experience and company culture, combining to provide the Total Experience, as the main priorities for the channel. The report also highlighted the importance of leadership, purpose, alliances, skills and sustainability, as John explains.
Torbjørn Laursen, Inventor of Inergen, discusses the environmental and cost-saving benefits of the Inergen fire extinguishing system, and also explains how Fire Eater’s Inergen System offers several special advantages for data centre owners and operators.
Ed Bissell, Sales Director, Stellium Data Centres, discusses the company’s recent OCP Ready Certification, bringing it many new opportunities to work with the Open Compute Project Foundation community. He explains what this means in terms of the data centre design itself, building on Stellium’s major focus on providing a highly connected, sustainable environment for customers.
Continuing our series of interviews with leading industry experts, David Watkins, from VIRTUS Data Centres, discusses some of the many challenges and opportunities facing his own organisation and the wider data centre industry over the coming months and years, with sustainability the major focus.
Intense, urgent demand for artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities – and the dueling pressure to reduce energy consumption, costs and greenhouse gas emissions – loom large over the data centre industry heading into 2024.