There is no denying that Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way we work. When the UK Government first announced a lockdown in March, the world of work for those based in an office changed almost overnight. Employees were asked to work remotely, and businesses needed to facilitate this immediately, regardless of whether they had a flexible working policy and necessary tools in place.
Digital transformation has long been on the agenda for businesses with varying degrees of success. A 2019 report noted that 85% of enterprise decision makers believe that they must make “serious progress” on digitally transforming their businesses in the next two years to avoid falling behind the competition and negatively affecting their bottom line.
The Digital Transformation Conference is returning in an online format this week. The event is an opportunity for businesses looking to develop their digital strategies to hear from leaders in the field, gaining insight into what makes a successful digital transformation project.
In recent times businesses have had to adapt very quickly to complete remote working. Although many will already have some sort of flexible working mechanism in place, this is quite different from working from home 100% of the time and applying this to the office in its entirety. Businesses that will weather this storm need to be able to operate with minimal business disruption. Some even argue that Covid-19 could result in a complete shift in attitudes and patterns of working, with companies forced to embrace more and more remote working as employees may not want to return to the office full-time.
The security of your organisation’s data is about more than protecting against threats and ensuring cyber security. Employees can unwittingly put data at risk by storing in vulnerable cloud systems, locally or on mobile devices. There is an argument for reducing risk at source by protecting the document/data rather than its location, and organisations are doing this by using an Enterprise Content Management System (ECM) such as THESIS.
HAS YOUR ORGANISATION GOT THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY AND TOOLS IN PLACE TO THRIVE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
Digital transformation has been on the agenda for organisations for a long time with different organisations having various degrees of success with their respective technological plans. A 2019 report noted that 85% of enterprise decision makers believe that they must make “serious progress” on digitally transforming their businesses in the next two years to avoid falling behind the competition and negatively affecting their bottom line.
The UK has been in lockdown as a result of Covid-19 for over a week now, meaning that any business that can allow staff to work from home should already be doing so. The UK is not alone in this with countries across the globe implementing various degrees of lockdown.
Due to Covid-19, the Data Management Summit which had been scheduled for the 19th March has been transformed into a virtual event.
Following on from the UK Government's latest advice, most businesses will be asking staff to work from home wherever possible. Many organisations that don't normally offer flexible working practices will not have the IT infrastructure in place to implement this quickly.
Digital-only banks are becoming more commonplace with trends suggesting that within five years, 23.2 million people in the UK will use a digital-only bank – that’s 44% of UK adults. As it stands, only 12 million have a digital-only bank account so clearly the rate of uptake is expected to be very rapid*.