Necessities are indeed the mother of invention; Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) forced many of us worldwide to rethink about our everyday life from work to entertainment. In response to travel bans, school closures, social gathering in large groups and keeping distance, many people have started turning to digital tools to keep some semblance of normality.
Digitally transforming our places of work and education has been absolutely essential in order to be able to operate effectively. Many businesses that use technology, will well keep going and rethink their business model to continue for the future as well.
Now businesses can rely heavily on cloud-enabled applications in order to continue imperative operations such as maintaining books, client billing, and payroll. Now organizations have accelerated the use of technology by investing in collaboration and cloud tools to enable their employees to work remotely.
Even companies that were resistant to the concept of a distributed workforce were forced to allow work from home so that work could still be done while taking precautions to stop the virus spread.
Twitter and other large organizations encouraged their employees to work from home, and other companies such as Google and JPMorgan developed remote work policies in case they needed to shift work at home. Many employees value the ability to work from home, while many companies are lacking the technology infrastructure structure to offer such capabilities.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cloud accounting is being increasingly used by companies, both big and small to manage their accounts. Whether sending online invoices or performing bank reconciliations, cloud applications enable business owners to get things done easily. The best part about cloud technology is that the user can access his account anywhere, anytime in a secure manner.
There was some progress in telemedicine before the COVID-19 outbreak; however, public health officials are pressing healthcare systems to improve their telemedicine capabilities through smart phones and other devices.
Technology can assist in treating patients and in diagnosing them without causing them any harm. And, by using telemedicine the limits of human-to-human contact can decrease that further slows the transmission.
As COVID-19 spreads across countries, schools and universities began to turn to the options of virtual learning. Many universities have decided to switch to online learning while some closed their campuses to control the virus spread.
While many universities had a virtual learning experience like Harvard Business School Online and were better equipped for the shift, most educational organizations aren’t really ready for online education.
Some institutions are going virtual, leaving teachers and administrators to make sure all children have access to the technology and tools they need to keep learning from home. The transition to digital education is certainly disruptive, but educators and educational institutions will be better prepared in the upcoming time.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many conferences are getting canceled worldwide, while some are being turned into virtual events. Conferences are an industry worth trillions of dollars and are a critical way to exchange ideas and build professional relationships.
Some companies are trying to bridge the gap between in-person events and virtual ones with platforms that combine them with video, networking, and virtual tools.
The virus outbreak has pushed organizers of conferences and business owners to think outside the box to provide compelling alternative options in the public safety interest. This push could also lead to innovations for the future that will virtually improve how people meet and interact better.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many technology companies are rolling out tools that can support companies and organizations for extended trial periods or lower fees when they go remote.