No one could have predicted the colossal impact Covid-19 has had on businesses. We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard “I’ve never worked so hard to make less money.” But what we’ve seen is that some companies have managed better than others – even in the industries hardest hit by the pandemic. As a business leader you want to be able to handle whatever crisis is thrown at you, no matter what, without breaking stride.
But the truth is that Covid-19 isn’t the first nor will it be the last crisis you have to face. 7 out of 10 organizations experienced at least one severe crisis in the last 10 years. Human-caused disruptions such as cyber-attacks, regulatory mandates, and social unrest along with natural disruptions such as hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and others are on the rise.
We know that another disruption is on the horizon even if we don’t know what it is yet. So it’s time to take a new approach to business planning – it’s called business resiliency.
We’ve all heard of business continuity – the process of creating systems of prevention and recovery to deal with and recover from potential threats to your company. But what we need is business resilience. Business resilience is the ability of an organization to absorb and adapt in a changing environment to enable it to deliver its objective and to survive and prosper. Business resilience is taking business continuity one step further with the goal of supercharging your company’s immune system – ensuring that it can fend off any illness that comes at it and bounce back more quickly.
Your IT network is the backbone of your company and the key to enabling business resilience. We’ve partnered with Cisco to bring you this business resilience report. In this report you’ll find the 5 trends to enabling business resilience within your IT network. You’ll find out what other companies are focused on as they make network decisions that will enable them to respond to any circumstance, safeguard employees, and excel in an uncertain world.
Key Trend: Safe Return to on-premises workspaces
Trend #2, enabling safe return to on-premises workspaces, is so important to the businesses we work with right now. We know that workspaces will have to evolve after the pandemic in wide array of different ways - whether its deploying new safeguards such as physical distance monitoring, increasing workplace automation, or boosting existing video conferencing capabilities.
Here’s how networking teams are setting businesses up for a safe return to the workplace.
At Lazorpoint we’ve seen this business transformation firsthand by our efforts supporting companies in setting up their networks up to be resilient in the face of the pandemic. This has been a pivotal time for companies and we helped our clients with everything from ensuring applications are accessible via the cloud to enable work from anywhere, implemented higher levels of security for a remote workforce such as multi-factor authentication and improved firewalls, and through implementing video conferencing solutions.
One of the primary ways in which we’ve helped businesses become more resilient is through O365 and Microsoft Teams implementations. This has allowed our customers to collaborate more effectively with video meeting services, have improved and more secure email on mobile devices, as well as provided them with access to the IoT – such as thermal imaging cameras for temperature monitoring, smart sensors for promoting social distancing, and hand sanitizer dispensers to encourage recommended hygiene. They then can even use the data they get to improve how people interact with their environments.
Don’t let your business become a victim of the next business disruption – instead build resiliency into your IT networks. If you need help building resilience at your business talk to a Lazorpoint expert today.