Every year technological innovation seems to appear at speed but the Covid pandemic accelerated adoption of technology at a pace never seen before. Necessity is the mother of invention and this year more than ever businesses were forced to make rapid changes to their operating models.
Many discovered their IT wasn’t up to the job and as we face into more disruption many businesses are still not capitalising on the benefits that technology can deliver.
Now is the time to take stock. As evidenced in the pandemic change can happen suddenly. Businesses need to have the agility to act fast and not just maintain operations but improve them increasing productivity and efficiency.
What to Expect in 2021
It has been well documented that remote working will remain a staple of the business world into 2021 and beyond. Thankfully the right technology in place fully enables employees to be as productive from home as in the office. Modern communication tools such as video conferencing, instant messaging and cloud based solutions and apps like Microsoft 365 allow staff to collaborate in realtime, safely access and share files and documents and service customers effectively while situated offsite.
Hosted Telephony and VOIP is transforming the way companies communicate. Regardless of the physical location of your employees with hosted telephone solutions you can deliver cost efficient communications from the cloud. VOIP allows businesses to quickly react to change while maintaining best-in-class communication capability servicing customers quickly and effectively.
With Microsoft 365, OneDrive Cloud Storage and office apps your staff can be more productive now than ever before from anywhere. Microsoft’s Enhanced Productivity Suite (Power Automate, Power BI and Power Apps) boosts productivity further making outdated processes automated! Build time-saving workflows with seamless integration to automate mundane tasks. Inbuilt AI increases efficiencies and gives staff more time to focus on core objectives. Power BI can unlock valuable insights to business drivers and enable more informed strategic decision making. Power Apps allow you to build problem solving apps quickly and easily to automate processes across the business. It is expected in 2021 that the use of productivity tools will drive business transformation to create the digital workplace.
Stringent Cyber Security
There will be huge impacts on security in the coming year as the move to working from home continues. Identity and multi factor authentication (MFA) will take centre stage as more and more devices access networks and more processes move to online. The increased use of cloud will leave holes and vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Comprehensive security measures will be needed to protect against cyber-attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats (ATP) that are expected to continue to rise in 2021.
Uncertainty is the only certainty as 2021 brings an ongoing pandemic, Brexit and a new USA Administration. The smart businesses will Evolve & Adapt to a new world order early and this will allow them competitive edge. Technology and the clever application of it is the bedrock that will enable businesses to adapt and move forward successfully. In a world that is changing customer needs are also rapidly changing and budgets are under pressure. Optimising technology to deliver efficiency, adaptability, productivity all cost effectively will secure your business throughout some of the most challenging years that we have ever seen and beyond.
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Contact us today and we will help you construct and realise your vision into the new year and secure your business for the future.
We were delighted to receive the SME PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD for Security from Exertis Ireland and Fortinet Ireland. It has been a challenging year in many ways and to have the hard work of the HSC team recognised by our partners is much appreciated. We have worked closely with Exertis and Fortinet on several Security projects this year. We look forward to more in 2021 and to hopefully celebrating our joint success together in person.
Thanks again to all the team at HCS, EXERTIS and FORTINET. Below is Dan Hegarty, Director accepting the award.
Organisations are rapidly adopting digital innovation (DI) initiatives which often involve moving applications and workflows to the cloud, deploying Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices on the corporate network, and expanding the organisation’s footprint to new branch locations. More recently the move to a remote and distributed workforce has meant some organisations have had to rapidly adapt their infrastructure.
With an evolving infrastructure comes security risks. Organisations must cope with growing attack surfaces, advanced threats, increased infrastructure complexity, and an expanding regulatory landscape.
On Wednesday Nov 18th at 12pm we will be hosting a webinar with our partner Fortinet who are the world’s leading IT provider of Enterprise Security Solutions. In this webinar we will explore how The Fortinet Security Fabric enables desired DI outcomes while effectively managing risks and minimising complexities.
Last few places available. Book a seat here https://buff.ly/3pjteeg
Covid19 has brought many changes and challenges to the business world including for ourselves in HCS. Many businesses have had to Evolve & Adapt to new challenges with innovation and creativity.
We have helped many of our customers to adapt to a remote working environment and we continue to support them as the restrictions look set to continue. Our own repsonse to the crisis involved the development of 3 new apps that we are using internally to help protect our staff and follow the public health guidelines. As part of our ongoing support to customers we are offered these apps to their business FREE OF CHARGE.
SWIPEIN is an app that we built using MS Power Platform that automates the contact gathering and health screening process for visitors to a premises.
The app can be accessed via a touchscreen (we have it mounted on the wall inside our main door) or on a desktop at any entry point. A visitor can input their contact details and answer 5 quick questions relating to their current health status. The app also notifies the staff member they are visiting of their arrival by email. See video.
ONLINE HEALTH ASSESMENT
ONLINE HEALTH ASSESMENT: We have also built an online form using MS Forms that can be emailed out prior to a person’s visit which they complete online. Click to view form.
HCS LEARN365 is an online learning portal for staff using Microsoft 365. It has helpful tips, tricks and videos on using Microsoft Solutions like Teams, Outlook etc . It has a news section where you can share company news and also practical advice for working from home and being cyber security aware. LEARN365 gives staff quick access to the information they need to be more productive and more secure while remote. See video
Dan Hegarty, HCS Director was interviewed by The Business Post on why businesses must make security a matter of undivided attention. Dan explains how HCS, as Ireland’s leading Select Partner for Fortinet, delivers not only world class security solutions but the expertise to build on every deployment to make the most of the right technologies for different situations.
In his article Dan suggests that for organisations looking to respond to evolving challenges effectively, there can be a financial barrier to invest in professionals with security skillsets. Managed services can offer an alternative route to achieving comprehensive security, compared with the need to invest in individuals.
“Covid-19 has seen businesses face a steep learning curve to secure productivity and that extends to providingscalability for growth in an unusual time. Providers like HCS are well-positioned in the industry to address these evolving needs.”
To read Dan’s article click here.
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