How to Build Resilience into your Virtual Workplace
The Challenges of Remote Working and How to Overcome Them
Today, the business challenges IT leaders are encountering look vastly different to those of a year ago. Organisations have had to navigate a global pandemic amidst an ever-changing geopolitical landscape, whilst prioritising the wellbeing of their employees and ensuring business continuity.
Managed office restrictions have been multi-dimensional and specific to each city however, businesses must continue to transform and adapt in order to deliver optimal service for their customers. Today reliable connectivity, application security and access to IT are vital to business operations, with the information technology and data centre infrastructure sectors designated as critical by the UK government.
Internationally, the City of London is a renowned business hub characterised by its inimitable culture and diversity and today it has the highest business density rate, with The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) raking London second only to New York, as the world’s top financial centre.
The shift to remote working
Research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted that 46.6% of people in employment within the UK have undertaken work from home regimes, with London comprising the highest regional percentage. Of those working remotely, 86% cited the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as their main reason for doing so.
Looking forward, remote working is now an integral part of business, Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Report shows a -35% decline in the mobility trends for places of work within the UK, significantly higher at -46% for Greater London.
And in a survey by International SOS, over 70% of companies’ primary business continuity concerns were regarding further disruption from a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly the need for adaptability in unparalleled circumstances has reinforced IT resilience, remote working and connectivity as business critical. Many organisations, both within the city and in the surrounding counties, have accelerated their digital transformation, cloud adoption and disaster recovery strategies to adapt to these ever-changing circumstances.
How cloud transformation enables a resilient digital workplace
Gartner’s recent snap poll of HR leaders revealed 54% cited poor technology and/or infrastructure for remote working as the biggest barrier to effective remote working within their organisation. Remote working depends upon the right connectivity, cloud accessibility, and unified communications to run the applications essential to supporting business operations. Organisations struggling to gain access to on-premise IT during the lockdown are pivoting their IT strategies and looking for new innovative ways to minimise downtime. This includes migrating to the cloud or taking working with a colocation data centre partner to maximise business continuity.
Recently, Deloitte’s COVID-19 People, technology, and the path to organizational resilience report advocates the benefits of a cloud-first approach and assertively migrating to cloud service. This includes:
- Accessing services virtually from anywhere, anytime and on any device.
- The elasticity of scaling solutions, such as bandwidth and computing capacity, based on needs—particularly when the scope and scale a situation is unknown.
- Cloud-based solutions are critical in enabling organisations to achieve quicker time to market and creates longer-term resilience.
Ensuring IT resilience for London and the surrounding counties
As a premier operator of privately owned colocation data centres, IP House has collaborated with a group of industry cloud, voice and connectivity specialists to help businesses overcome the challenges of adopting remote working strategies.
IP Cloud Connect is a new collaborative solution, which offers cloud transformation for businesses based within London and its surrounding counties who are proactively seeking to maximise uptime, business continuity and protect their data, ahead of any unexpected events. It offers secure, resilient and highly connected infrastructure systems to support and optimise remote working environments.
IP Cloud Connect’s end to end cloud services comprises: A trusted, independent London based colocation facility; a number of Tier 1 vendors delivering diverse connectivity and ultra-fast internet connections; bespoke cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud solutions; unified communications solutions with unsurpassed reach for carrier grade collaborations to keep your business virtually connected wherever you are.
IP Cloud Connect supports digital and cloud transformation to ensure your operational continuity and service without compromise to business operations, security or disaster recovery.
It does this in three dynamic ways:
1) Scalable Resilience IP Cloud Connect facilitates access to on-premise IT anytime, enabling users to mitigate network outages in the event of unforeseen events, prevent any impact on business reputation, loss of revenue or issues with remote working. It offers the flexibility to scale your infrastructure to meet demand, and provides peace of mind by ensuring uptime for critical IT.
2) Ultra-Fast Connectivity IP Cloud Connect partners with Tier I carriers, cloud, service application, managed services providers and equipment manufacturers, to deliver diverse connectivity, secure networks, ultra-fast internet speeds and Voice-Video-Mobile App connectivity for remote working, with optimised efficiency, minimal complexity and seamless integration.
3) Data, physical and cyber security Our London-based data centre meets all DPC security measures as well as being ISO-accredited to offer customers peace of mind, while in the current environment, access has been restricted to selected and approved personnel only. Our cloud and unified communication services offer fully integrated cybersecurity, AI analytics for business intelligence and remote system management, enabling you to safely work from anywhere in the world
The IP Cloud Connect facility is in the heart of London close to the biggest data centre footprint in Europe and connected to multiple exchanges including the London Internet Exchange (LINX), LONAP and is based just outside London Docklands. It offers forward thinking organisations, resilient, ultra low-latency, diverse connectivity to ensure businesses stay connected and operational 24/7.
Contact our trusted advisors to learn how IP Cloud Connect can accelerate your digital transformation strategy today.