Are you prepared?
COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is putting remote work through a stress test, and at a totally unprecedented scale. Throughout China, Italy, Japan and South Korea, workers have been on lockdown.
Although we here in the US are only beginning to feel the severity of these types of restrictions, it does cause one to think of a very important question.
Is my organization ready to support a remote and mobile workforce?
To help you answer this important question, Oakwood’s certified Microsoft 365 consultants have put together some points of reflection that you should consider when evaluating your current technology environment.
What are your organization’s answers to these questions?
- Do employees take their laptops home? Can we provide highly secure access for a remote workforce?
- Are we able to properly manage staff’s mobile devices (device management)?
- Do appropriate security policies enforce secure login?
- Can employees access the data and applications they need to be successful?
- If you have processes that REQUIRE a connection to on-premises resources (like new hire onboarding), when is the last time you stress tested your VPN capacity?
- Do we have the technology in place to support remote team collaboration?
- Does our IT staff have the skills to support a remote workforce?
- Do you use a virtual desktop (VDI) solution, or have you considered a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) rollout to enable remote workers?
Even if you feel your business is immune to this latest virus outbreak, these should be fundamental issues that are addressed in this day of digital transformation and remote workers.