In our panel, “How COVID is Reshaping Business,” Principal and CEO Mike DeLacy and VP of CIO Advisory Services Brad Horst discussed the steps Microdesk took to address the challenges of COVID-19 and how new technology is paving the way for future innovation.
One of the first areas the leadership team addressed when remote work began was how to equip a distributed workforce. This involved understanding staff and consultant telecommuting abilities and shifting activities to ensure projects could continue undeterred.
Once the personnel structure was handled, Microdesk switched over to the CIO Advisory side of remote work to ensure our cloud database and virtualization infrastructure was in place. This ranged from hardware needs like monitors and keyboards to cloud storage and virtualized desktops that could mirror powerful software usually requiring intensive GPU set-ups. Like our clients, after the foundation for telecommuting was running efficiently, we wanted to look ahead to how we could use these new platforms and workflows to innovate our products and services.
While offices will eventually come back into being, the future of work is a hybrid between virtualized telecommuting and in-person collaboration. IoT will also be more embedded in office design and construction to bring people closer together with a shared information database. This means standardization around data gathering, storage and usage will become a necessary practice.
Keep reading to see Mike and Brad’s key takeaways from the panel.