Technology and tools that will help companies manage remote work and change

In this article, you’ll learn about: 

  • Technology that enables remote working 
  • Change Management guidelines 

 

The drastic reduction in traffic, the influx of cancelled meetings and events, empty stores and patronless restaurants, as well as the many projects that are being put on hold, are serious implications of the COVID-19 virus that many of us are feeling directly.  

COVID-19 is causing a major slowdown in world trade and disrupting global supply chains. Many businesses do not have adequate technology in place to manage disruptions of this magnitude. 

Luckily, we are at the time and place where the technology is actually available to allow many organisations to carry on with ‘business as usual’ for the most part, allowing us to continue supporting our already strained economy, whether it’s during self-isolation or quarantine 

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has suggested that all of its employees in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East work from home until 10 April 2020. Microsoft has asked all their employees to work from home as much as possible too, even before an employee tested positive for the virus in Seattle.

  Microsoft remote working

Every IT leader needs to define their priorities to enable productivity from anywhere across their organisations workforce. We want to help with this.  

Technology that will keep your team productive

1. Working in the cloud with OneDrive.  

Being able to access files and share resources from anywhere has given many people the flexibility to move between working locations. OneDrive stores all your content by default and is deployed across email, calendars, Microsoft Teams and even File Explorer, Finder or Office Apps. It even allows real-time coauthoring and commenting in documents. No lost documents or documents left behind on different devices.  

2. Collaborating with clients and team members on Microsoft Teams.  

Microsoft Teams has seen a 500 percent increase in the number of meetings, calls, and conferences over Teams in China since January 31 2020. Many of us are having a good time seeing our coworkers in a new light with pets insisting on joining in on calls, hearing kids running around in the background, or even seeing their quirky furniture style or plant obsession. Microsoft Teams makes for an easy transition as it is also available on mobile, recordings of meetings can be done if missed and security and compliance are in place.  

3. Managing work and teams with Azure DevOps.  

You don’t have to be a developer to use DevOps. We have moved our whole company to working off Azure DevOps. This includes designers, marketers and even finance. By loading work items, it shows exactly what someone is working on, and what they have to do next. It allows people to interact on work items, getting input from others and collaborating on tasks no matter where they are. It can be used to manage time 

4. Automate daily tasks with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.  

Creating workflows allows you to automate simple and complex business processes within your business applications. You can either create workflows using out-of-the-box functionalities or write custom workflows. Workflow processes run in the background or in real-time and can optionally require users input or be automatically triggered by certain actions. This will help employees to focus on the right work, while not being distracted by the daily tasks that pop up throughout the day.  

Managing the Change 

We’ve all been thrown into this situation to manage as best we can, but there are still ways to plan for a smooth implementationAs Change Management experts, we have identified some key points to use in your technology Change Management PlanThis includes deciding on the following:  

  • When people would change over. I.e. given date and timelines to manage team expectations.  
  • What resources needed to be developed to support the change.  
  • What channels would best create awareness and drive enthusiasm.
  • What messages and programs need to be rolled out at different point along the timeline to assist adoption.

 

We understand that enabling a team to work remotely is an ongoing challenge, a challenge that is different for every organisationAs Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang told investors on a recent earnings call, “The crisis is a very, very big challenge for our society, [but it also gives people a] chance to try a new way of living and new way of work.” 

We are geared to assist any organisation that needs to make the move to a more digital and collaborative workspace so that productivity stays high while we adopt a more stringent culture of remote work.  

We are offering select packages to customers who want to put some of the above-mentioned technology in place. 

Contact us on hello@ec.co.za or visit our website to find out more about uswww.ec.co.za 

Technology and tools that will help companies manage remote work and change

In this article, you’ll learn about: 

  • Technology that enables remote working 
  • Change Management guidelines 

 

The drastic reduction in traffic, the influx of cancelled meetings and events, empty stores and patronless restaurants, as well as the many projects that are being put on hold, are serious implications of the COVID-19 virus that many of us are feeling directly.  

COVID-19 is causing a major slowdown in world trade and disrupting global supply chains. Many businesses do not have adequate technology in place to manage disruptions of this magnitude. 

Luckily, we are at the time and place where the technology is actually available to allow many organisations to carry on with ‘business as usual’ for the most part, allowing us to continue supporting our already strained economy, whether it’s during self-isolation or quarantine 

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has suggested that all of its employees in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East work from home until 10 April 2020. Microsoft has asked all their employees to work from home as much as possible too, even before an employee tested positive for the virus in Seattle.

  Microsoft remote working

Every IT leader needs to define their priorities to enable productivity from anywhere across their organisations workforce. We want to help with this.  

Technology that will keep your team productive

1. Working in the cloud with OneDrive.  

Being able to access files and share resources from anywhere has given many people the flexibility to move between working locations. OneDrive stores all your content by default and is deployed across email, calendars, Microsoft Teams and even File Explorer, Finder or Office Apps. It even allows real-time coauthoring and commenting in documents. No lost documents or documents left behind on different devices.  

2. Collaborating with clients and team members on Microsoft Teams.  

Microsoft Teams has seen a 500 percent increase in the number of meetings, calls, and conferences over Teams in China since January 31 2020. Many of us are having a good time seeing our coworkers in a new light with pets insisting on joining in on calls, hearing kids running around in the background, or even seeing their quirky furniture style or plant obsession. Microsoft Teams makes for an easy transition as it is also available on mobile, recordings of meetings can be done if missed and security and compliance are in place.  

3. Managing work and teams with Azure DevOps.  

You don’t have to be a developer to use DevOps. We have moved our whole company to working off Azure DevOps. This includes designers, marketers and even finance. By loading work items, it shows exactly what someone is working on, and what they have to do next. It allows people to interact on work items, getting input from others and collaborating on tasks no matter where they are. It can be used to manage time 

4. Automate daily tasks with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.  

Creating workflows allows you to automate simple and complex business processes within your business applications. You can either create workflows using out-of-the-box functionalities or write custom workflows. Workflow processes run in the background or in real-time and can optionally require users input or be automatically triggered by certain actions. This will help employees to focus on the right work, while not being distracted by the daily tasks that pop up throughout the day.  

Managing the Change 

We’ve all been thrown into this situation to manage as best we can, but there are still ways to plan for a smooth implementationAs Change Management experts, we have identified some key points to use in your technology Change Management PlanThis includes deciding on the following:  

  • When people would change over. I.e. given date and timelines to manage team expectations.  
  • What resources needed to be developed to support the change.  
  • What channels would best create awareness and drive enthusiasm.
  • What messages and programs need to be rolled out at different point along the timeline to assist adoption.

 

We understand that enabling a team to work remotely is an ongoing challenge, a challenge that is different for every organisationAs Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang told investors on a recent earnings call, “The crisis is a very, very big challenge for our society, [but it also gives people a] chance to try a new way of living and new way of work.” 

We are geared to assist any organisation that needs to make the move to a more digital and collaborative workspace so that productivity stays high while we adopt a more stringent culture of remote work.  

We are offering select packages to customers who want to put some of the above-mentioned technology in place. 

Contact us on hello@ec.co.za or visit our website to find out more about uswww.ec.co.za 

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