If we have learned anything through the pandemic it is that COVID has brought about a particular uncertainty in the world. Markets and supply chains having been affected by this lesson saw the need for urgent adoption of transformation, thus, hybridity in the new work environment is a very important topic discussed thoroughly in the recently held CXO Innovation Summit 2021.
Prior to the pandemic, items and services were examined in terms of how they are sold, marketed, and manufactured. Now, this is all undergoing a tremendous revamp, with every organization, no matter how little or massive, looking at how they can adapt and increase productivity through digital innovation from beginning to end. The way you interact with your employees is being examined through a new set of eyes. What we see now is that hybrid work will remain a high priority. Where you work, when you work, and how you work to complete your tasks.
Businesses that implemented the transition saw increased productivity, whilst those who opposed the move the previous year were proven wrong due to the competency of the hybrid way of work even in 2021. Affordability of different services by increasing technological intensity and forced developments for online platforms based on cloud systems are just a few of the advances made possible by a focus on the digital economy which will only grow stronger over the next ten years of business.
What companies are now asking is, “Do I have the proper tools and expertise to adjust and pivot the business so that it is remote ready again?”. During the pandemic, there was so much upheaval among businesses that former IT priorities within the organization were practically tossed out the window, and new vulnerabilities emerged as every business operation went remote. The need to protect everything, on the other hand, has not changed and will not change. Cyber security, as we see it, remains the most serious threat to business, and the complexity will only grow.
Microsoft, one of the world’s largest technology companies in the world, discussed how they themselves are empowering the Hyper-Connected World and the future of hybrid work together with Windows 11 and DaaS.
So, what is Microsoft’s strategy in 2022 considering the existing impact of the cloud, IT strategies and sourcing trends?
In discussing the overwhelming importance of a ‘Hyper connected Business’ on current industries today, it is apparent that being remote-ready is here to stay and will be built in by design even post service adoption. Thus, in sourcing trends and in how to address them, most business solutions are set up particularly around ‘Digital capability and around the cloud adoption strategy’ and what skills are being developed to pivot and what skills are also being imported to help them achieve their digital capabilities. In a Hyper-Connected Business, skills and tools that enable the formation of fusing teams with the appropriate Applications made available throughout the origin to construct new solutions, whether built locally or outsourced, are essential. In the future, each enterprise will require a more global, intelligent, and autonomous computing structure that can be used to rapidly design, launch, and manage applications where ever.
In order to grow with the Hyper-Connected World, Microsoft developed “Device as a Service” or DaaS, which is composed of hardware devices, support, and services on a lease subscription. As organizations can benefit from the efficiencies realized from this strategy, it is increasingly becoming more relevant from enterprise to SMB. A subscription and fixed monthly cost give firms more control over their financial flow. Having one provider responsible for the device, finance billing, and professional services lower the multi-vendor hassles that beset any firm. In particular, most SMBs lack in-house IT, leaving them vulnerable to inadequate IT standards, security issues, or a usual break-fix strategy, which can result in considerable delay.
With DaaS services, however, IT services, including procurement, are the responsibility of the vendor, who can change out the appropriate equipment to ensure optimal service. As such, in the ‘Hybrid work’ and Work-from-Home situation, the DaaS model to oversee the dynamic nature of ‘where we work’ helps address the stress and strain of owners by providing comfort and confidence that the correct decision of IT is being supplied for the appropriate business results all within a predictable subscription charge.
Furthermore, in order to offer the best service to the Philippine market, Microsoft has a strategic partnership with all of the major MNA companies, including HP, and will continue to collaborate with its local company. Together with the appropriate operating system, Windows 11, they enable productivity with a useful and straightforward user experience to aid in performance and efficiency. They focus on smarter ways to work, notably with Microsoft teams’ integration, as a result of their collaborations. To facilitate adoption, consistency with app compatibility, cloud administration, and finally, security with a reliable operating system to secure data and access from anywhere are all prioritized in hardware and software integration.
Microsoft’s partners, such as HP, are always reinventing their product design and services to better accommodate hybrid methods of working. With the capacity to work anywhere becoming a necessity in all parts of the world, including the Philippines, creating a productive work environment will never be the same.