In the best-selling novel ‘The World Is Flat’ by renowned author Thomas Friedman describes his interview with Nandan Nilekani, the CEO of Infosys. He said, ‘Tom, the playing field is leveled’. COVID has brought new meaning to this term. Gone are the days when you were required to sit in an open-space office setting and collaborate with your colleagues in person. The campus of the future is likely to include dynamic workplace settings, with flexible seating and collaboration environments. One of the new and interesting ideas gaining prominence, particularly in the technology space, is the work-from-anywhere movement. An increasing number of companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Microsoft now permit many employees to work from home. Millennials have been seen to avail of this flexibility and return back to staying with their parents or even working from exotic locations. Now more than ever, work is wherever you have a secure, high-performance, and reliable network connection.
The hospitality industry has been among the worst impacted by the pandemic. However, some smart hotel chains (Hyatt, Marriott et. al) have taken advantage of this by offering ‘work from hotel’ packages.
Historically working from home in the IT industry meant connectivity with home routers coupled with VPN to get into work. Unofficially, waiting at your house for a contractor was consider a work-from-home day This used to be good enough for many customers.
For long-term usage, this is an IT nightmare because of the inability to:
To overcome these challenges, it is crucial that IT administrators undertake these steps: