Many businesses and people are struggling as the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world. Closures of restaurants and bars, canceled events, and other restrictions force our society to practice social-distancing. In this time of need, we, as a group, are more prepared than most other industries to help our clients maintain their businesses through this crisis. As a technology provider, we brand ourselves as partners to our clients, and now is the time for us to step up and help our partners.
These are scary times. Many businesses closed to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, industries such as restaurants, social spots, sporting events, and cinemas cannot operate remotely because they count on patrons walking into their facilities. But certain sections of other businesses, like accounting, law, and even parts of the medical and dental fields, can utilize the efforts of remote employees.
Much like the disaster recovery plans we offer for technology, we also help with the back-up solution of setting up people to work from home. We work with remote employees daily, making it another timely offering for our clients.
We also regularly use the internet to communicate with each other using platforms like Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and Skype. Around our office, we conduct daily meetings with remote employees, making it second nature for us to set up remote access for meetings and special events.
Utilizing the right technologies allows us to maintain our high productivity and ensure life will continue at a somewhat normal clip. With that being said, we believe there are three key reasons why technology will pull us all through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Remote Work Capabilities: You may have never dreamed you’d be writing up your next big report with your child sitting next to you playing their online educational game, but here we are. Many employers have sent their employees to work from home to quell the spread of COVID-19. With secure remote access or VPN, work continues without a great deal of interruption.
- Virtual Events/Streaming: Events organizers across the country are canceling, postponing, or moving events online. Technology allows these events to continue without significant hiccups. Artists taking to Facebook Live to perform, speakers moving to platforms like Zoom or YouTube, and church services across the world streaming, only reveals the tip of the iceberg when it comes to streaming technology.
- Communication: Video chat, online messaging, email, and phone communication will keep the world connected through this challenging time. We’ll quickly see how important it is to connect with our fellow humans for work, pleasure, and sanity.
During these trying times it is our job, as IT professionals, to help those who are in need. Whatever we can do to help our local businesses keep their heads above water will only make our community stronger. Our country thrives when people step up and help people, and when professionals help businesses stay open.
It is unknown how long the current drastic measures stemming from COVID-19 will last, but with technology on our side, the world will continue to progress. Please visit our website at www.vnet.us/covid-19 for the latest tools and updates from the VNET team concerning the pandemic.
If you need anything during these times, please reach out to a member of the VNET team, and we will work to assist you with any request that comes in.