How does Digital Transformation Help Remote Work?

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Due to the pandemic global turmoil, many companies were forced to find fast remote work solutions. Your ability will depend on where you were on your digital transformation journey.

You need to take into account not only the technology you are using. However, technology can have a positive impact on your business and how your employees and customers interact with it.

The ideal is to create an increasingly efficient and productive process flow that underpins continued growth through more flexible ways of working.

Like it or not, home office work has become a great reality for companies. The coronavirus pandemic forced organizations to adapt to the new reality, making this modality practically mandatory.

Outside the pandemic scenario, this option can also be an interesting long-term strategy.

In this article, you will find out how digital transformation has led professionals to produce more efficiently working remotely.

Remote Work

With the pandemic, the most immediate and evident change that we can observe in the corporate world is in relation to the remote work implemented in a massive way.

Some companies already adopted the concept of telecommuting to some extent . However, a large number of organizations viewed this working relationship with great fear.

In the current circumstances, it was necessary to change the perspective. For many industries and organizations, teleworking has become the only possible way of working.

For businesses that already had a prepared virtual environment, even for a few people, the adaptation, in terms of technological resources, was easier.

In these cases, it was enough to increase the volume of simultaneous connections and add licenses to use the tools.

In any case, the technological solutions implemented will have a huge influence on the success of this new work model.

Regardless of the scenario, technology managers and organizations will be able to rely on a wide range of collaborative and secure tools and solutions.

Technologies and the impact on work

For all this revolution in the means of work to happen, a great technological evolution was necessary. A highlight is fiber-optic networks. With very high speeds, they enable low latency connectivity, providing speed to the remote worker.

With the use of fiber networks and a robust Data Center, most companies can have their own virtual environment  and facilitate interaction between remote workers and business partners.

Another widely used and low-cost alternative is the creation of VPNs that facilitate this connectivity between users and virtual environments; and communication between different virtual environments.

Another technology also widely used by companies is VOIP, which comes as a major competitor in 2020 to take the place of traditional telephony.

The consistency of innovations that appear year after year and technological research is a guarantee that virtual environments will eventually become the norm in the market.

Remote Work and Isolation

At the time of writing this text, we are experiencing a scenario of social isolation due to Covid-19.

The simplest response to the pandemic was the measure of social isolation. This  severely impacted the market and work dynamics.

Companies with a virtual structure supporting remote work came out ahead, taking a far less severe blow than those that had not provided their employees with the option of a home office.

The current situation shows the fragility of the traditional face-to-face system and the need for contingency plans for new scenario. Even though it is not something great for your business, to have the home office option available, for when is necessary.

A company’s infrastructure can be a lifeline in many delicate situations and this has certainly been proven during the pandemic.

The point is, the infrastructure investment pays for itself and it enables the company’s scalability. Also, it can act as a safety net in times of crisis.

Those who have invested in connectivity in recent years will certainly reap the rewards of investments during the company’s day-to-day activities. Also, they have a safety net to continue their operations, even with a minimum number of employees.

What is digital transformation?

The digital transformation in companies provides performance improvements as well as optimizing processes through technology.

It is essential that the organization is committed to adapting to generate competitive advantages.

The innovation process must be continuous. After all, new solutions appear on the market all the time.

Therefore, companies are increasingly investing in research and development to offer quality experiences to their customers.

Digital transformation is, to a large extent, a response to new consumer behaviors.

This new generation of people connected, engaged, tuned in and demanding.

Therefore, the movement seeks to instigate companies to improve every aspect of their service, their delivery, their internal processes and their relationship with their customers.

How to accelerate the digital transformation?

This type of approach is the first step in achieving this transformation in a fast, objective way that really imprints innovation in the company’s DNA.

To better understand how this happens in practice, there is a list of ways in which the decentralization of decisions and the empowerment of employees make digital transformation a natural routine in the company.

2.1. Agility 5.0

Agility 5.0 is a productive necessity to bring true digital transformation into action. It is a process based on the constant search for innovation and disruption in digital products that anticipate trends before they take hold.

Companies of the future can no longer sit on their ideas and set a job complete. There is always room for improvement and how to serve the public even better.

2.2. Design, execution and deploy

The backbone of agility 5.0 lies in this kind of approach to problem-solving and improving solutions based on innovation.

Digital products today are never considered finished. And it’s not even possible to expect an arbitrary point in strategy to be reached before it’s released to the market—someone will definitely release it before you.

With well-aligned squads, it is possible to create a constant iteration cycle, from design to development and from there to deployment. It is a way to break large projects into more dynamic stages, which are always following the customer’s demand closely.

2.3. Sense of team

Technology today guarantees an integration between departments and employees that was never possible before.

This is one of the focuses in creating multidisciplinary squads. With the autonomy given to these groups, they unite around their own goals, as if they were a business cluster within the company. It is capable of uniting and strengthening professional ties.

2.4. Performance, discipline, and visibility

It’s giving purpose rather than giving orders. Everyone has visibility into the motivations and consequences of each new strategy. Also, there will be a well-defined scope of how they should act.

An example of this is virtual squads. Even a remote team within this structure can be agile and disciplined. That’s because their success is the team’s success, and the team’s success is the business’ success.

2.5. Digital innovation culture

When we talk about digital transformation, technologies, tools, and methodologies always come up in the discussion. But we can never fail to remember that this change starts with people.

Especially when connecting squads of internal collaborators with partner consultants. Also, it is possible to notice in a short time the change in thinking of the professionals involved.

Productivity based on workload and passivity of functions will cease to exist forever. The new profile company is one of the people who are constantly looking for new ideas within the company.

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Leonardo Salles

Copywriter for GitScrum.