As with all industries, the engineering profession has felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, both fiscally and operationally. In addition to these challenges, the pandemic accelerated the move to a digital transformation, although the engineering and construction (E&C) sector is lagging behind in adopting these technologies.
It is a frustrating fact, but employees are still wasting time searching for the information they need to be productive. In fact, each employee spends at least 25% of their time searching for— and not finding — the documents they need. And their managers? They spend half their time doing routine tasks that could be better handled with workflow automation. Overall, up to 21% of total staff productivity loss is directly related to issues surrounding documents.
As we move further into 2021, a majority of businesses are continuing to shift toward a more digital presence, with 30% of large firms having a digital product portfolio and others creating digital divisions to focus on transformative products. In addition, there will be a continuing focus on cloud-centric infrastructure to help align both internal and external resources.
As more people across the nation get vaccinated, public libraries are beginning to look for new, cost-effective — and safe — ways to throw open their doors to the public once again. Many solutions include reworking time-honored, traditional ways of doing things in favor of procedures and services that bring a higher level of public health and safety to bear.
Last year taught us a lot about what to do and what not to do when running a business during a crisis. And fortunately — or unfortunately, depending on how you view it — there is always a crisis right around the corner, so no lesson garnered during the coronavirus pandemic is ever lost.
Small- and medium-sized businesses experience major — sometimes crippling — challenges due to IT downtime and technology issues. The business disruption caused by downtime is serious and can lead to lost customers and lost revenue.
Two of the most critical focal points in today’s office environment are how to provide cost-effective and efficient print services to maximize staff productivity and how to keep sensitive data safe and within compliance with data privacy legislation.
The trend toward videoconferencing has been growing over the past few years as more organizations are seeing it as the optimal way to connect with employees, remote workers, and customers.
Keeping ahead of all the challenges a company faces today isn’t easy. Improving operational workflows and managing complex technological environments is hard enough, but what if disaster strikes? Is the company prepared to recover? Have they implemented the necessary contingency plans to prevent operations from grinding to a halt? All these questions are essential in a world where business continuity requires an effective disaster recovery plan.