Technology needed to help companies get used to “new normal”
More than 60% of organisations will keep in place at least some of the newly implemented work-from-home policies and over 40% will reduce their office floorspace as a consequence, as they adapt to the “new normal” according to research conducted by IDC.
The analyst’s rather survey, which has the elongated name of COVID-19 Response in Western Europe Brings the Future of the Workplace Closer, says that the recent lockdown has accelerated key trends and will result in the adoption of a ‘hybrid’ workplace model. But this will bring challenges –inadequate and unsecure home Internet connections and staff training for home-working solutions amongst them.
But the office is not going to disappear. IDC also identifies three other areas that will attention:
• Staff attendance management solutions that will help companies control which employees access premises and map how they move throughout the premises.
• Social distancing solutions that help staff to stay productive and interacted effectively with colleagues.
• Housekeeping solutions for the better management of communal areas in offices, in particular UV lighting and touchless technology.
“There’s no doubt that the hybrid model will become the norm going forward — the pandemic has only accelerated an ongoing shift,” said Mick Heys, vice president, Future of Workspace and Imaging at IDC. “The physical office remains an important but diminished part of the future of the workplace.”
Zoom usage hit 13 million in April
Ofcom has revealed that on average, UK adults spent a quarter of their day online during the lockdown and that Zoom usage increased by a factor of 20 with an incredible 13 million people using the platform in April – up from just 659,000 in January.
The Online Nation: 2020 report revealed that, during April, adults spent an average of four hours a day online – up from three-and-a-half in September 2019 with 71% making video calls at least once a week during lockdown and with 38% using video conferencing of some description on a daily basis.
Other forms of communication were still popular – but less so. Text messages were used by 73%, email by 55%I, and IP-based voice calls by 54%.
Microsoft makes IoT move
Microsoft is to acquire the specialist cybersecurity business, CyberX with the goal of making it easier and more secure for customers to deploy IoT solutions.
In a blog post the company said that CyberX will complement the existing Azure IoT security capabilities. CyberX enables discovery management and enhanced security of existing IoT devices. The software will create a digital map of devices – across a factory floor or within a building – and gather information about their asset profile and vulnerabilities.
Microsoft said that it will integrate CyberX with its portfolio of IoT security offerings in threat protection that span users, endpoints, applications, data and more. You It already has partnerships with number of IoT security providers and offers a SIEM solution in the form of Azure Sentinel.
CompTIA identifies top emerging tech in 2020
The CompTIA Emerging Technology Community has identified
what it believes are the top 10 most influential emerging technologies that
hold the most potential for near-term business impact in 2020. Developed through
careful research and assessment of the current technology landscape and market,
the 2020 Emerging Technologies list includes:
1. Artificial Intelligence
3. Internet of Things
4. Serverless Computing
6. Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
9. Natural Language Processing
10. Quantum Computing
The council identifies technologies that it believes will offer a measurable, one-to-three year opportunity for both customers and channel companies.
During a recent episode of the CompTIA Biz Tech Podcast, Mike Haines, director of partner incentive strategy at Microsoft and chair of the Emerging Technology Community’s Executive Council, said that the real opportunity lies in leveraging multiple technologies for powerful solutions.
“The innovation that will be delivered by these technologies, especially when they’re leveraged in tandem, will be staggering over the next few years and enable customer solutions that will actually have a paradigm-shifting impact for those that act on them. They’ll also provide some great new opportunities for IT companies and IT solution providers that decide to build offers around them”
You can listen to the CompTIA podcast on the Top 10 Emerging Technologies here.