By 2024, the hybrid workplace is predicted to be the dominant work environment model, with more than half of all work being performed by remote staff. Despite this, it seems that 72% of companies lack a solid strategy and 76% don’t have key performance indicators that support the implementation of hybrid work models. However, digitally transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) among others are assisting companies in moving their workforce forward into hybrid environments.
These technologies — from automation to intelligent machines — are helping drive productivity and make the digital workplace a reality. But other, more accessible technologies and tools are also helping companies adapt more swiftly to a hybrid model. Here we explore some of the most important trends shaping the digital transformation prompted by the adoption of unconventional working arrangements such as hybrid and remote work.
The Digital Transformation — From In-Office to Hybrid Environments
Companies that wanted to hold onto high level talent — or any talent, for that matter — had to swiftly pivot to hybrid or remote work situations as the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation. Now, employees are demanding a more connected workplace that allows them the freedom to work from home, from the road, or from the office. Technologies and trends that support this include:
The Need for Partnerships
As businesses continue to adjust to the “new normal” of a hybrid workspace, they are turning to technology experts such as managed services providers (MSPs) to help shift the load from in-house IT staff and provide targeted, high-level help in managing digital transformations. MSPs often have access to more targeted talent that can be instrumental in managing a smooth transition to a more digital work environment.
Cybersecurity is a serious threat, especially in a hybrid environment where data must be shared on systems outside of an office intranet. Working with an MSP that understands emerging threats and can keep systems up to date with security patches and upgrades is key for comprehensive data security. As digital initiatives increase, attacks focused on application programming interfaces (APIs) are becoming a more common attack vector. This trend is causing many decision-makers to prioritize security into the development of their digital processes to provide a greater level of protection.
Complex, Distributed Ecosystems
With employees working from home, from the road, or from the office, many businesses are embracing multi-cloud environments that must be managed and integrated successfully in order to be useful — and secure. Cloud solutions are an important way to assist businesses in navigating the challenges posed by hybrid work ecosystems and almost all surveyed IT managers plan to spread workloads across more than one cloud environment for increased resilience.
Greater Agility is Needed
The pressure to innovate has never been greater and businesses must be ready to weather changes as soon as they arise. Collaboration with far-flung partners and clients must be seamless, so many companies rely on document management solutions to make information faster and easier to retrieve and share while adding an element of added security.
Doing Better Business is Your Partner for Transformative Technologies
Managing a hybrid or remote work environment can be difficult — especially if you have no in-house IT support or if your in-house IT team is already overburdened. And emerging technologies often require the intervention of high-level IT talent with specific leading-edge knowledge.
At Doing Better Business, we have the technology and the know-how to help your company implement a successful digital transformation — whether you are supporting a hybrid team, a remote workforce, or you just want to amplify productivity for your in-house staff. From state-of-the-art devices to leading-edge software, we have the power to help you move seamlessly into a more digital, secure, and productive way of doing business.
Accelerate your company’s digital transformation with help and tools from the experts. Contact a representative from Doing Better Business and discover how simple it can be.