The pandemic of Covid-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, whether it is in our daily activities or operationally, in our businesses. It is a huge challenge by itself, for firms to encounter and adapt to the myriad of possible changes no matter the size of the company. It has eventually left many organizations with no choice but to continue with their business activities and encouraging their employees to work from home wherever possible.
With this, the respective IT departments of organizations have to step up their game with the new normal in managing new major responsibilities, chief of which is in the strategic re-deployment of employees to their different geographical locations. They have to provide ample support for their employees to complete their daily tasks, facilitating cross-departmental collaboration through cloud tools and most importantly, to rein in and minimize the loss of confidential data. All these sudden implementations have caught many IT departments off-guard, as it has become more demanding and challenging by the day.
We are officially less than two weeks away from exiting the Circuit Breaker. With the latest update on the ministry advisory, it seems like only about a third of us will be able to return to the workplace, the rest will still be working from home.
Covid-19 response measures are bringing many businesses to work on the digital platform. Working from home has become a new norm for all of us including students, who brought their learning home. How are you juggling between work and your daily lives? Are you prepared to “get comfortable with the uncomfortable”?
Since early April 2020, most organizations have activated their business continuity plan (BCP) in light of the Covid-19 situation. We understand that many are facing challenges in managing their manpower, revenue & resources during this difficult time. With this, many have been forced to minimize/shut their daily operations at their workplace and moved towards telecommuting from their homes.
If you are unaware, Microsoft made an announcement early last year that they are ceasing their technical support & updates for Windows 7 on 14 January 2020 & Microsoft Office 2010 on 13 October 2020.*
What does End of Life (EOL) mean?:
EOL simply means that security updates & support are no longer provided, and it is recommended that you upgrade to a newer operating system. If you happen to be one of those affected users, don’t worry, you are not alone, many corporate environments are still on it too. Read on to find out what this means for you and what you can do for your firm.