CIONET brought together one hundred digital leaders from across EMEA on Friday 20/03/20 to share experiences re- the spread of the Coronavirus. Here is a brief summary of the discussions held on the Zoom platform with a plenary followed by ten breakout sessions:.
1. What are theUrgentissues you are dealing with?
Business continuity especially around supply chains, cashflow, employee moral
Maintaining ongoing IT programmes such as ERP and Office 365 roll outs
Establishing communication with all staff to respond to the crisis in real time
Extending the work environment into homes including connectivity and collaboration
Rebalancing infrastructures to cope with home working such as VPNs, Security
Seeking advice from tech companies who seem well equipped for virtual working
2. What novelSolutionsare you employing to cope with the crisis?
Providing new ways to deal with work-life balance such as e-coffee breaks, happy hours and Yoga classes
Trusting employees to work in this new environment and to support the business
Rapid roll-out of hardware, broadband/VPN and associated collaboration tools (Zoom, Teams, Slack, Office 365, etc) to enable home working
Daily virtual meetings and use of virtual workshop techniques to support project teams
Working closely with Tech vendors who have greater experience of virtual working
3. What might be the implications of such a crisis for theFuture?
Dealing with Legacy infrastructures by adopting ‘Next Gen’ techniques such as SD-WAN, 5G and IoT as well as collaboration tools such as Slack, Teams
Rethinking work patterns to improve employee wellbeing, engagement and trust
Learning from Millennials about what work in the future might look like
Placing greater emphasis on Innovation as a means of constantly adapting to change
Thank you all for your input and experience sharing! Thank youRoger Camrassfor the write-up. #stayhealthy #staysafe