“With 46% of companies implementing remote work strategies to offset the impacts of COVID-19 and preserve their employees’ health, the quick pivot is putting new pressures on IT departments worldwide. As that percentage continues to rise, those departments are being asked to deliver remote IT services continuously and securely both within and outside of their four walls.”
Managing the “New Normal” Remote Workforce with ITaaS
The rush to mobilize work-from-home labor forces puts new strains and pressures on companies’ IT departments. Here’s how IT as a Service helps organizations manage in this “new normal” cost-effectively, securely, and efficiently.
With 46% of companies implementing remote work strategies to offset the impacts of COVID-19 and preserve their employees’ health, the quick pivot is putting new pressures on IT departments worldwide. As that percentage continues to rise, those departments are being asked to deliver remote IT services continuously and securely both within and outside of their four walls.
Now an official “pandemic,” COVID-19 is affecting almost all facets of life. To help lessen the financial impact on individuals and organizations, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires most companies with up to 500 employees to provide paid emergency sick leave up to 100% of regular pay (restrictions apply) for Coronavirus-related issues, up to a total limit of $5,110. And while tax credits are available to offset these expenses, many companies are implementing work-from-home policies to help keep their operations running during this difficult time.
IT with Benefits
The new and unexpected work-from-home movement presents unique challenges for IT teams. It’s especially challenging for small to midsized firms (SMBs) that lack the internal IT resources needed to mobilize, support, and monitor a mostly-remote workforce. A technology delivery method that treats IT as a commodity, IT as a Service (ITaaS) enhances existing IT organizations by providing the hardware, software, and support they need in exchange for a monthly fee.
By factoring in both organizational and IT consumption needs, ITaaS provides a whole host of benefits for companies that are struggling to wrap their arms around the pandemic-driven work-from-home movement. Key benefits include:
Cost savings. With ITaaS, pricing is stabilized and predictable, and you only pay for what you need at any given time. Other financial “wins” include improved capacity planning, better use of existing resources, and equipment maintenance.
Improve security and lower risk. There’s never been a more important time for companies to improve security and lower risk with their remote workforces. “ITaaS can stabilize what otherwise might be a volatile and chaotic environment if your IT department tried to keep up with all the ever-changing demands placed
Leverage core legacy business functions. There is no need to completely walk away from the “old” way of doing IT, or from those legacy systems or functions. ITaaS fully leverages the systems that you already have in place.
Scalability. Provision and pay for only the IT capacity needed in the on-premises data center — and adapt if requirements or demand fluctuates.
Transparency. Using a consumption-based IT model provides greater insight into where, when, and how IT services are used.
Expert technical support. ITaaS providers have industry expertise and technical knowledge to support IT organizations where need is greatest (i.e., software updates and patching).
Simplicity. Working with the ITaaS provider, companies can pinpoint their biggest capacity concerns and then shift those workloads or services to a consumption-based model.