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As unpredictable it is, natural disasters and public health emergencies can strike any geography at any time. The forecasts & scientific predictions, however accurate they might me, can only provide us with a glimpse or guess of what might happen. As such, robust preparedness & public health response to disease outbreaks, natural disasters and other emergencies becomes an essential.
The same goes for organizations, as they just like any functional group ought to ensure proper preparedness to protect their people besides minimizing disruptions to their business and the economy at large.
45 miles southwest of Los Angeles, the City of Corona is a local authority with a population of 165000 and covering a total area of 39 square miles. Affected by severe wildfires over the past two years, the city has frequently witnessed evacuation of its citizens & destroyed homes.
Mooting his suggestions on dealing with disasters & healthcare emergencies, Kyle Edgeworth, Deputy CIO, City of Corona, says, “From a disaster recovery perspective, we’d like our employees to able to work from anywhere”. “In the event of an emergency, we need to be agile. We need access to our systems and our data,” he adjoins.
Similarly with more than 14,000 students unable to travel to Australia from China due to imposed travel bans, the University of Sydney turned to its technology partners for help. Leveraging Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), the university has been able to connect its Chinese staff & students to its Cloud in AWS Sydney and provide access to the applications & data needful for continuation of teaching & learning from the comfort and safety of their residences.
Companies that adopt digital workspace solutions and create flexible environments that provide employees with everything they need to be and perform at their best, can not only keep pace, but quickly move ahead
On this development, Jordan Catling, Associate Director, Client Technology, ICT, University of Sydney, avers, “The safety and security of our students, staff and community members are paramount. To enable our staff to deliver high-quality education that the University of Sydney is known for, we need to lean on technology that allows us to facilitate the sharing and consumption of knowledge in ways that are safe and secure”.
With the advent of Coronavirus, the world has witnessed a declining global economy, productivity losses due to travel restrictions, quarantined workforce in affected areas. Supply chains are being disrupted as manufacturing in key markets has ground to a halt. And corporate forecasts are being revised downward as a result.
Another serious problem is the ‘talent crunch’ which is predicted to lead to a shortage of 85.2 million workers globally. This mammoth void is expected to lead to loss of revenue opportunities worth $8.452 trillion! But fortunately, ‘digital workspaces’ seem to be the ultimate solution for the crisis.
Dipping into untapped pools of talent such as the ‘home force’ seems appropriate to bring back parents who’ve put their careers on hold to care for children, or people who left jobs to tend to aging relatives. Furthermore, turning to ‘baby boomers’ or ‘retired workforce’ is a good idea. If they still want to work a few hours a day, they might entice part-time, contact or even contract to take on more hours and fill the roles they need to advance their objectives.
“Few things in business are certain except change. And the pace with which it is happening is faster than ever before,” avers David Henshall, President & CEO, Citrix. “Companies that adopt digital workspace solutions and create flexible environments that provide employees with everything they need to be and perform at their best, can not only keep pace, but quickly move ahead,” he concludes.