This is a guest Partner Voices blog. Any opinions expressed within the blog are those of the author and not necessarily held by Insight.
As the leader of a 400-person organization, my priority has always been the health and safety of our team. Our people are our most important resource. Many of them are struggling to balance homeschooling their kids and/or managing elderly parents while still excelling at their jobs. Interestingly, I feel tighter and more aligned to our team now than ever before. We’ve implemented a few strategies both on my team and across Intel to ensure that our employees continue to feel connected even while we are apart:
I’m incredibly proud of our team’s ability to evolve and continue to meet the needs of our customers despite the difficult environment. It’s also been powerful to see the ways in which the technology we develop is enriching the lives of so many people.
Even before COVID-19, the IT industry was already in a period of rapid change. Now, that change has been accelerated. As organizations continue to become more resilient, there’s no doubt that solutions that require on-prem support can pose a challenge in the COVID era. In addition, many enterprises are reviewing their business continuity plans for added resilience.
One observation I’ve made is that enterprises will continue to invest in remote-first technology. There’s also been increased dependence on edge to cloud solutions to support employees with everything from video calls to Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) use cases that will replace some on-premise work. Edge and Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-growing business at Intel. I have no doubt that organizations who optimize their strategy around remote working conditions will be better prepared for the future.
The demand for compute and storage is not slowing down. Yes, COVID-19 has created some hardships, but there’s also tremendous opportunity for innovation in both our business and our culture. For our part, we are laser focused on building a strong internal culture so that we’re able to effectively serve our customers no matter what lies ahead.