CIOs and IT leaders will need to focus on a couple of vital technical as well as cultural considerations to adjust in the current shift towards remote working
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced CIOs to manage the transition to a remote-based workforce. IT leaders and top enterprises are finding it challenging to handle a sudden shift to support a work-from-home workforce. They will need to focus on short- and long-term considerations to navigate the current situation and also prepare for what is there in the future.
Organizations should start with ensuring they have enough VPN or video capacity. Take necessary measures to fix a system that requires a fast replacement and accelerate projects if it is a business necessity. If budget allocation is already done for a necessary project that will aid the company even under these conditions, it is a good time to plan and move forward.
IT leaders should in favor of supporting a remote-decision making culture and start working on making the team comfortable to work from home. CIOs can set up new cultural policies that include using video conferencing mode to make collective decisions, remote interaction with teams, candid conversations with management as well as top executives, and leveraging chat tools to communicate.
It is up to CIOs and other business heads to adopt the shift to remote working culture because it is more likely that this could become a new way of working going forward. In the months and years to come, a large number of organizations are expected to adopt the norm of saving money on travel and learn how to interact electronically. The IT leaders and their teams will need to facilitate and promote this norm.
It is never too early to start planning for the next crisis, and if organizations have spotted gaps in the technology portfolio, it will be critical to start addressing those now. This is a good time to make investments in the necessary tools to move to the cloud and Software-as-a-Service-based options. Today, enterprises across the globe are facing a monumental shift in the way they operate. The roles of CIOs and IT leaders are going to become further challenging to help address these changes.