2020 was quite a year! Many businesses had to make drastic changes to the way they operate. However, many important lessons were learnt, such as areas of business which required strengthening, modernisation and consolidation to survive. This blog will discuss 2021 predictions as we continue with the “new normal”.
Our 2021 predictions are driven largely by the Covid-19 pandemic, as businesses will continue to adapt as restrictions are made loosened or tightened. Remote working has become key for the majority of businesses working environments, and this is anticipated to continue well into 2021 and could change the shape of office working in the future. A lot of workplaces were predominantly office based, with little to no employees working remotely, but national lockdown enforced working from home and changed how IT services are delivered to organisations.
Businesses can adapt and use this to their advantage, through reduction in office space required and therefore cost saving, which could be re-invested elsewhere in the business. Businesses may also benefit from the possibility of an increase in the number of employees split between working in the office and working remotely. This can be enhanced by introducing hot desking and having employees switch between remote and office working.
Another major aspect highlighted for businesses was disaster recovery and business continuity strategy. A lot of businesses were unprepared for a global pandemic, and found themselves struggling at the beginning of lockdown. Businesses were required to investigate the way they operate and were forced to incorporate changes that ensured they were fully equipped to continue business uninterrupted – as resilience is key.
Cyber Security was another big issue in 2020, with many cyber criminals taking full advantage of Covid-19. Again, drawing attention to where businesses were lacking secure processes and therefore vulnerable to attack. Large businesses were not exempt, and many suffered. This resulted in an increase in requirement for preventing possible incidents impacting their businesses in 2021.
Businesses also noticed that there is an IT skills gap growing, which could potentially be preventing them from completing Digital Transformation processes.
The Cloud will play a big part in 2021, as businesses will look closer at moving away from Public Cloud and adopting Hybrid Cloud ( a mix of Private and Public Clouds) or Private Cloud only, where some benefits outweigh the rest.
Here at Tecnica, our IT Specialists have a demonstrable wealth of experience which is beyond core knowledge, as our customers discover. Contact us today and discuss how we can help your business adapt and prepare for 2021.
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