Changing Work Patterns
Many organisations have experienced more change in the last few months than they experienced in the previous decade. As we adapt to a remote working culture, old norms are vanishing. The first pandemic-sparked technology shift was unexpected, and sparked a knee-jerk reaction, but it has moved beyond that to a more strategic consideration. Organisations revaluating the most appropriate location for both IT infrastructure and personnel.
Back in September 2020, 45% of business decision makers stated that they don’t expect their employees to be all working in the office at the same time anymore. With the significant amount of home working happening in 2021, we can assume that even more business decision makers will agree that the traditional office isn’t necessarily the only place of work anymore.
With continued levels of home working residential broadband networks are the new business networks. As such, businesses need to ensure that there is increased broadband capacity for the IT infrastructure to allow for productive remote working. In addition, there is the continued growth in use of cloud services, both IaaS (Azure, AWS etc) and SaaS (Office365, Salesforce etc), and organisations need to ensure that their IT infrastructure has secure high bandwidth connections to these clouds.
A business that can cover these connectivity needs is one that is more likely to get a competitive edge. The other side of the coin is also true – a business that decides to keep its key IT infrastructure in an unmanned location will be realising that it can’t be easily maintained or supported in case of incidents without onsite staff. The best location to place critical infrastructure is one that is purpose built and gets 24 x 7 maintenance and support.
Organisations Relocate & Reduce Office Space
The pandemic has created a shift in how businesses look at office spaces and commercial property, with 73% of decision-makers expecting UK businesses to downsize to smaller office spaces in the next 12 months. 37% of decision makers will be looking at more flexible workspaces, so that they only have the space they need, when they need it.
If businesses are looking to relocate their premises, then the relocation of the IT infrastructure can be on the critical path for an office move. Planning for availability of cabling, power supply, air conditioning and telecommunications connections all become challenging considerations that could affect a business’s ability to relocate. But all these things can be easily managed when the infrastructure is housed in a purpose-built data centre, designed for IT.
The office remains the home of the personnel, whilst the IT infrastructure is housed in a data centre, and the downsizing of office space can move ahead quickly. You may be thinking, why would relocating to a data centre help my business strategy? Simply put, moving the IT to a data centre will ensure it is situated in the most appropriate location, with direct access to high capacity broadband and cloud and no risk of power outage or failure, creating complete flexibility around your choice of personnel office space. Whatever happens with your workplace, your IT strategy has resilience and security.