The pandemic has forced companies in Asia to adopt remote work as the default setup for their workforce. But what many companies may not expect is that remote work is likely to stay for good, even in a post-Covid world.
In a global HRD survey, 91% of HR leaders are keen on campaigning for remote work arrangements to continue after the pandemic. In Asia, Morgan Stanley predicts office tenants across the continent will permanently give up anywhere between 3% to 9% of their existing office space. Meanwhile, a Japan Productivity Center survey from last May found that 60% of respondents wish to continue working from home after restrictions are loosened.
Whether your employees will be working from home or remotely when it’s safe to resume business trips, your organisation needs to be prepared for remote work to be the status quo.
Like many aspects of digitalisation, the exodus to remote work has left many organisations scrambling to keep up and adapt their processes to remote setups. As many as one-third of companies were ill-prepared to the work-from-home shift at the height of COVID-19 restrictions.
In Asia-Pacific (APAC), the transition to remote work also exposed companies to cybersecurity issues, with Singapore and India reporting twice as many malware attacks as the global average. A recent Sophos study found that 53% of surveyed businesses in Asia were caught flat-footed by the abrupt need to support remote work, with another 54% admitting they had yet to update their cybersecurity strategy in 2020.
One thing, however, is clear: companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud computing have had an easier time with the shift to remote work.
At its simplest, cloud readiness provides remote staff quick and efficient access to their data, tools, and other members of their teams without compromising security and compliance.
Contrary to popular belief, storing data and accessing IT resources on the cloud is no less safe than doing so on local servers. In fact, it may even be safer due to the built-in encryption features of cloud providers. This ensures that data travelling between networks and remote workers is encrypted, keeping any sensitive company information safe from cyber attackers.
The sudden shift to remote working meant that employees needed shared storage, reliable uptime, as well as fast and secure data transfers in an agile IT environment. This, in turn, meant that many businesses had to make a significant investment in IT hardware and software at short notice.
A more cost-efficient and secure alternative is cloud migration. This allows companies to safely scale their resources vertically (e.g., expanding CPU, memory capacity) or horizontally (adding more server capacity to accommodate more workloads) to accommodate customer demand or the increase in offsite employees requesting access to your resources.
Whether your goal is to scale your remote team’s capabilities or add a layer of security to your existing remote operations, the cloud offers a safe and reliable way for organisations to maintain a remote workforce.
When looking for a cloud solutions provider, look for a trusted name with a proven track record. At T-Systems, our cloud services run the gamut from cloud-based IT infrastructure and smart technologies to digital transformation for industries.