COVID-19 And Digital Transformation- A Strong Interconnection

covid 19 and digital transformtion

Since January 2020, the world is facing  COVID-19  crisis, an unprecedented one in the history of mankind. All of us are facing a strong disruption in our social lives and work. We have already faced more digital transformation in the last 1 month than the last 10 years. Most of the areas of our businesses are facing problems due to closures whereas some of the economic sectors are growing, these include telecom, internet, supply chains, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. It has been noticed that already 70% of companies have digitally transformed. Let us see how COVID-19 is driving the digital transformation.

How COVID-19 Is Accelerating The Digital Transformation?

1. Telemedicine – 

Healthcare and pharmaceutical industries came to the focus during this crisis. Digital transformation in the medical industry has been an interesting and advantageous prospect in a few years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine has emerged as a need for this crisis. Also, there is a need for doctors who can remotely consult with patients so as to reduce the chances of virus transmission. In the near future, we can expect the growth in telehealth as a result of the long-term pandemic.

2. Virtual Events

As we came to know the details of pandemic’s, it became clear that conferences and events were the main source for transmission. Participants came from all over the world and spent some days with one other.   During a viral outbreak, this can be a cause of the disaster and hence most of the events canceled.

Analyzed from all these, there is a new focus on virtual events and online learning. Companies are organizing the virtual tech events for employees while ensuring they maintain value and remain compelling. It seems that virtual events will replace the traditional way of events. We can expect to see new innovations and acceleration in virtual events.

3. Online Collaboration Tools – 

Online collaboration tools

As a pandemic situation drives the need of remote work, it came with some challenges to evaluate productivity. And here comes the strong need of collaboration tools for both employees and partners for effective remote work. Big organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Cisco are the market leaders for collaboration tools. You can select the appropriate tool according to your choice, project complexity, and its requirements, budget, security and scalability etc. There should be at least a formal relationship with these providers by keeping a minimum number of licenses – the same can be augmented whenever required.

4. The New Telecom And IT Infrastructure –

The time has gone when we worked without the internet. Now, high-speed internet is a need of this digital world and we can easily communicate digitally, order food online, work from home, and access entertainment channels. Because of lockdown, remote work concept took a boom, and hence telecom, internet providers, and applications have a greater value to their customers than before. Their core services need to adapt and innovate for reliability, performance, and customer service.

5. Cyber-Security – 

As technology advances, the issue of security also rises. You might be using multiple apps or tools to communicate which also has security issues. For secured work, your communication must be end to end secured so as to reduce the chance of cyber attacks and data leakage. Zoom video conferencing has recently increased its call volume from 10 million per day to 200 million per day in the past 4 months. It also has some security issues. Cybersecurity and personal safety are the primary requirements of consumers, businesses, and government spendings.

6. Automation –  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a sudden boom of automation everywhere. Starting from temperature tracking of the human body, sanitizing the public areas, delivering the necessary items to the patients are all possible with the use of automation and robotics. Also, there is a tremendous increase in the use of drone-based and remote control based applications and we will see similar growth in the future as well. In the next few years, AR/VR will also have a large impact on remote work, entertainment, and services.

7. Supply Chain –

Most of us are experiencing the first-ever critical condition about supply chains. The pandemic has shown us that they are still helpless against deficiencies, storing, laborer wellbeing issues, and worldwide legislative issues. The supply chain is an inherently technology-based system and we can expect a great deal of development in this area also.

8. Hybrid Cloud Strategy –

The organizations who are still confused about migrating onto the cloud, should speed up the action in this pandemic situation. The logical starting point could be setting up the BCP/DR site on the cloud that should be consistently tested as part of the routine drills.

You can also know the digital transformation trends in 2020 at- Shaping The Future With Digital Transformation Trends In 2020.

Wrap Up-

Despite when the ‘Rectifications’ stage starts, we anticipate the accompanying impacts in work, life, and society-continued growth acceleration in telecom, web, and video conferencing, investment to redesign supply chains for resilience and global/local balance, rebuilding of the healthcare system to deal with infectious disease. Policies, processes, and technologies will be set up to decrease or at least mark unverified, fake information on the Internet.

We at solace are looking forward to implement services via automation. Solace has skilled professionals to help you through development with new trends. We use AI and ML, IoT, and Multi-cloud concepts to enhance the value of your business. Connect with solace and get a free quote for software development with new trends to put a step ahead in this technology world.

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