By Liam Schraeder, Editor In Chief
Today we find ourselves in a state of national emergency, thanks to Covid-19, otherwise known as the Novel Coronavirus. Life and business as we know it are different this week than they were last week. By now, colleges and K-12 schools in your area are probably closed. Businesses are either temporarily closing or changing the ways they do business. To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, we are all practicing social distancing. You and your colleagues may be working remotely, taking classes online or just waiting it out on the sofa.
Businesses and schools that can keep operating should see to business continuity by doing the following things.
Students and employees should prepare themselves for remote work by doing the following.
Not all organizations will be able to operate under social distancing conditions. Places like bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms will shut down to safeguard public health. Other places will scale back operations due to reduced demand. Organizations with established policies around remote work and business continuity plans may continue with an evolved teleworking business model.
In the upcoming weeks, we will all put enormous strain on the internet infrastructure. We will consume unprecedented amounts of bandwidth from home for work and entertainment. Businesses will be faced with exponential growth in VPN traffic. Schools and online learning platforms will gain thousands of new users overnight and into the foreseeable future.
Companies that have remote work and business continuity plans are ready. Those that recognize the instantaneous need to shift into remote work mode are upgrading their systems as I type. Fortunately, technology offers ways to respond quickly and vendors up to the task.
Recently, Telarus, the largest privately-held master agency in the world, held a 1-hour expose on making the technical transition to a work at home enabled workforce.
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About the Author: Liam Schraeder is the Editor in Chief for BizPhonics.com. He covers all of the recent developments in cloud communications and collaboration. He's been all over the globe, attending conferences, talking to analysts, and measuring actual cloud utilization to piece together a comprehensive view of which service providers work best for which industries.