For those of us who aren’t key workers, lots of us are currently sitting at home mercilessly trying to get used to our new lives in lockdown. The first few days probably consisted of many laggy video calls and getting used to working from home everyday. However we don’t know how long we will realistically be having to work isolated, giving up the old life in the office. Coronavirus has no doubt changed the way the entire world works and socialises right now, and technology has played a big part in allowing lots of us to still get our work done, keep in contact with our friends and provide us with entertainment. We also wouldn’t be able to keep as many businesses running during lockdown without the amazing technology we have today.
Technology provides our main sources of entertainment
During lockdown, we are now relying on technology more than ever to provide us with entertainment. We are no longer allowed to see our friends which has led to an increase in app downloads of ‘house party’ and other online games. More people are using TikTok than ever before, and Facetime, Skype and Whatsapp video chats have all taken off in households and workplaces as we strive to find more technology to keep us entertained and connected.
Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon have seen a surge in users and so many people are using apps to order their groceries that Ocado actually crashed last week and is now forming virtual queues. People are now realising how much our daily lives now rely on technology, when the pubs close and our luxuries are taken away our technology is our lifeline.
It’s helped make remote working the norm
Remote working relies on tech to ensure business runs smoothly. Decent wifi connection, fast broadband, powerful laptops, smartphones, video conferencing, and communication tools such as Slack are just the start!
With a huge majority of people now working from home, technology has played a massive part in helping businesses transition to this way of life successfully. An increased demand for services such as Zoom and Skype are bringing teams closer together during hard times. It’s relatively easy to hold a team meeting via video call, and business owners may soon realise that employees are working just as well remotely as they do in the office. Resulting in business owners cutting unnecessary overheads such as paying for an office, as well as employees commuting costs are when the team can work just as well remote working. Offices may become a thing of the past for many businesses post coronavirus.
More people are using apps to communicate
With an increase in demand for groceries, news, pharmaceuticals, and practically anything you can get delivered to your home, apps have been providing us with the access to things we crave and others that are just necessities. During their lockdown, China reported increased usage for food delivery, gaming and news apps, and it appears Britain are following suit. Without these apps, it wouldn’t be as easy for people to stay in lockdown and still receive the items they need. Businesses who previously did not have apps are also now looking to invest in them to keep running through the pandemic. Amazon and Just Eat are also advertising for more staff to keep up with the demand in users using their services.
Apps also allow us to stay connected to friends and family, in ways we wouldn’t be able to if they didn’t exist. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many other social platform apps allow us to send messages, spread the word and keep in the loop with our friends and family, helping us to feel less lonely and stay more connected than ever in a time when Coronavirus is trying to tear us apart.
The cloud has become critical for online workers.
Like it or not, the cloud is what will get us through this pandemic. The problem is that we need enough cloud capacity to be able to cope. Despite the technology that enables us to work remotely having been around for a while now, Coronavirus has proved to be the catalyst for remote working. Unfortunately, for this emergency work from home workforce, the underlying hardware, software and cloud infrastructure are only capable of accommodating a small proportion of the employee workforce.
Seamless processes for a fully remote workforce relies heavily on the significant planning and procurement of testing technologies to ensure success. Usually these things take weeks and with the sudden influx of companies switching to remote working, systems designed for 20 percent of the population can be overloaded with remote workers trying to gain access.
Work from home employees need to connect to resources like applications, shared documents, databases on private networks via a VPN. For many organisations who aren’t used to remote working, they will need to move their infrastructure to clouds like AWS, which requires network throughput, VPN hardware capacity and the correct user licenses for VPN software.
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