The post–COVID-19 rush to digitalization encouraged new ways of working, from cloud adoption and enhanced automation to innovation through extended reality.
- COVID-19 workplace restrictions brought about unprecedented cloud adoption in 2020.
- The benefits of cloud-based operations range from improved communication and cost savings to sustainability gains.
- Location independence through cloud adoption enables and expands talent pools and options for existing workers.
If 2020 taught the business universe anything, it’s that large-scale remote work is not only possible but also increasingly preferable, as leaders and workers alike found creative and inspired ways of getting things done. Central to that success, of course, was cloud adoption.
Many companies were already on a path to digitization, but COVID-19 accelerated the adoption particularly of cloud technologies after legions of people were forced to work remotely. In the second quarter of 2020 alone, investors pledged nearly $3 billion to fund cloud-computing deals, and TechHQ reports that the cloud-computing market will be worth $623.3 billion by 2023. It’s clear that the cloud is here to stay.
“The cloud is where you should be right now,” says Chris France, regional president of cloud-services provider Advance2000. “I tell my clients, ‘You get more IT bang for your buck being in the cloud versus having everything locally.’ What we’re seeing is that the firms that had a majority of their compute resources in the cloud fared much better during this pandemic when they had to shift everybody home.”
“This pandemic challenged all of us and was a wake-up call for several companies that were debating whether or not to invest in digital transformation,” says Autodesk Chief Information Officer Prakash Kota. “For those that were already embracing cloud, it was a validation point. And for others, it was a now-or-never situation.”
Now that the dust has largely settled from everyone’s efforts to react, cope, and build resilience, one promising effect of the pandemic is that this rush to digitization and cloud adoption has opened doors to new and innovative ways of working. Here, Kota, France, and other leaders from top tech companies discuss five business opportunities stemming from the acceleration of cloud solutions.
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