How Technology Supports Our New Virtual World

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has changed how many companies operate. Encouraging employees to work remotely is probably the biggest change for those companies, thus making our world even more virtual than ever. Modern offices are packed with technology and infrastructure that makes work possible, but most homes/remote locations don’t have a fraction of that support.

Maintaining productivity levels at home requires investment to beef up the technologies you’re using. Lagging behind other companies who have invested in technology that supports this new virtual workplace might seriously hinder your performance.

For those who were not quite ready for this rapid change, or who are still adjusting and adding new technology, here are 3 technologies that have helped transform and shape our new virtual world:

The Cloud

Cloud technology, like Microsoft OneDrive, is what enables employees to work from any location, giving them access via a virtual environment to the same information that they’d have access to from the office. Collaboration and communication tools ensure that your employees can use the latest techniques and complete work at the same level as they would be able to from their office desktop.

Employees can access documents and data that they need by using specific credentials to maintain security at the same time as giving them flexibility to work from home or any other location.

Microsoft Teams

Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. Companies can utilize features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, online meetings, and more. Microsoft Teams is also fully integrated with many other Office 365 services and could be your new ‘hub’ as it offers a shared workspace for various applications including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, SharePoint, and Power BI. This feature gives you and your teams the option to work natively while toggling between applications as you try to get projects completed.

HoloLens

Advertised as the world’s first entirely wireless and self-contained holographic computer available for today’s consumers, the Microsoft HoloLens is a marvel of unique experiences. It projects images through its headset and into your visual field so that you can see them in the world around you like 3D holograms. Microsoft has shown examples of how the system can be used in everything from health care, to provide patient analysis, to manufacturing, for help with design creation. It can even be used in the education environment to help students explore human anatomy in a more immersive format.

Tomorrow’s opportunities are uncovered by what companies are able to access and achieve in today’s remote world. These technologies provide what’s necessary to advance into the future. Contact us to talk about how these technologies keep us connected, enable companies to work from anywhere, and how we can face and solve real problems together.

Author: Doug Bulla, VP of Solution Development

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