Corona Virus – COVID-19 and Effects on Information Technology
Many companies and organizations have been affected by the recent events of COVID19/Corona virus. Information Technology is of no different with the recent withdrawal of companies being closed. From manufacturing plants, educational facilities, government, healthcare, to food/beverage industries have closed doors. Many would think that the information technology arena would be immune to this virus threat, but even in technology we feel the blunt blow of this threat. With organizations leery of their spending due to uncertainty about the economy, many have been forced to diversify their portfolio to include long lost strategies for survival of their business. Many have had to reinvent what they consider the “norm” when prospecting and going after what is necessary for their organization to survive.
Virtual schooling and businesses which were once on-premise only are now scrambling to find virtual options to keep their employees mobile, agile, and working. The problem is that with the decrease in spending and production, it is difficult to maintain the pace. It is the business that manage to feed the current need for virtual and remote work that will strive in this arena. It is the businesses that come up with new innovative ideas which will come out on top. The businesses which are stuck to being on-premise are currently unable to produce, which in effect is depleting their financial resources and essentially eliminating their ability to produce.
Business in today’s society is built on diversity and helping to provide solutions. Solutions drive the economy and develop productivity. The information technology arena allows for companies with a passion for the future to still connect and culminate new methodologies. Microsoft is such a company with data center around the world. Their cloud platform of Azure, InTune, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Office 365, Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365 put diversity and remote options in the hands of organizations. Educational facilities can host online learning conferences and classrooms through Teams. They can share documents with SharePoint and OneDrive, including have grading sessions with Microsoft classrooms.
Financial institutions can now utilize and diversify their platform with Dynamics 365 with the NAV and ERP platforms of Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Sales, Dynamics 365 Field Service, Dynamics 365 Commerce, Dynamics 365 Human Resources, Dynamics 365 Finance, Dynamics 365 Retail and Dynamics 365 Operations. Each of the unique blended platforms give a complete control of business from any mobile or stationary device with a web browser and internet connectivity. The security of the platform is unbeaten to capture the latest in multi-factor, role-based security, record based security, and field-level security. The security with the platform is unmatched and state of the art when it comes to data protection.
For businesses that rely upon email, calendaring, document/file sharing, security, servers for applications, and collaboration, Microsoft 365 provides the solutions. Microsoft 365 combines the scalability of Office 365 applications, security, and mobility. The platform security includes System Center Configuration Management (SCCM), InTune (mobile device management), Azure for Active Directory User Management (Virtual machines), Windows 10 upgrade for each user, Identity and Access Management, Threat protection, information protection, Security Management, and Advanced compliance. These suite of products provide a long line of accessibility for production including collaboration and task management.
It is time to diversify and build in this time of the COVID19 while others close doors and relax. Business is constant, so is education, government, and fundamentally, all aspects of day to day life in order for us to advance as a society. We have a duty to continue our activities as best possible given the current circumstances. Information technology is our tool, Microsoft is the platform, and It Gurus Of Atlanta can be the guide.
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