How Technology Management Is Changing In The Hybrid Work Environment
Recent world events, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic, have all but booted planet Earth into a new online digital era. Fortunately, not all of it has been a disaster, with many sectors of e-commerce and IT reaping the benefits of the sudden surge to the online platform.
Another notable result of the pandemic has been a lot of people continuing to work from home, despite much of the world returning to regular business. This new flexible form of employee management has become known as ‘hybrid work’ or collectively as the ‘hybrid workforce’. It has also called for a general change in the management of technology within the companies themselves.
Shifting Needs & Requirements
Before the pandemic, a business’s technology assets would generally include all the office equipment, such as PCs, servers, networking equipment, and any other traditional hardware commonly found in the office work environment.
The shift to employees working from home during the lockdown, however, caused a sudden reliance on cloud computing, SaaS (software as a service), and various online digital resources and platforms instead. This caused companies to make swift and necessary reassessments of company assets. And thus the hybrid workforce was born, followed by new forms of technology management.
Since then, the hybrid work environment has proven to be surprisingly beneficial for a number of businesses and industry sectors. Not only has it allowed them to cut down drastically on otherwise costly office equipment and infrastructure. It has also saved the employees the wasted time and expense of commuting to work, thus improving overall productivity.
Addressing Vulnerabilities & Security Concerns
In the traditional office environment, online security is generally dealt with on-site, via a secured firewall and network software, etc. This generally makes managing and troubleshooting security issues ‘relatively’ simple and predictable.
With hybrid workers commonly using regular home Wi-Fi internet that’s fine for playing at lucky Creek online casino and enjoying other online pursuits, it still lacks industry-grade security measures. So, there is a far greater potential and risk of cyber attack.
While many companies don’t necessarily need high-level online security, those that do have fortunately been buffered by the added security of cloud computing. Otherwise, additional measures have been needed to meet the various industry compliance standards.
Varying Productivity Concerns
While some businesses have benefited from the hybrid work setup, this has not been the case for everyone. Many companies have reported a noted decrease in productivity due to the inability to properly manage employees remotely or teach them to use the required tools. However, they may not have a choice. This is where Enterprise Technology Management (ETM) has become useful.
ETM is designed to minimize infrastructure, security, compliance, and productivity risks in the remote or hybrid work environment. Its ultimate goal is to base assets according to the employee’s personal needs in an adaptive rather than strict and set manner. It has also proven to great simplify technology management by offering a single integrated management system. This has proven to be much better suited to changing work environments and operating in an uncertain and changing world.