Remote workforce grows, adds new hurdles for IT Principals
VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing
When you think about the traditional office space – a phone, desktop computer, humorous mug with pens on the desk – it sounds wonderful, but advancements in technology have made it impractical. As mobile devices, cloud computing, Wi-Fi and instant information sharing have become the norm, IT Principals are facing a breadth of new challenges that were unheard of 10 years ago.
Recently released census information from the years 1999 through 2010 shows that the remote worker trend is growing. During that time period, almost 4 million additional people began working from home at least one day a week, bringing the total to 13.4 million. There was also an increase in the adoption of this method in the second half of the decade, which is not surprising when you consider that coincides with the introduction of smartphones as a legitimate business tool – allowing access to business email and programs remotely.
"As communication and information technologies advance, we are seeing that workers are increasingly able to perform work at home," said Peter Mateyka, an analyst in the Census Bureau and one of the authors of the report. "These changes in work patterns have both economic and social implications. Researchers and policymakers, including those in the fields of technology, transportation, employment, planning and housing, will find this report helpful in future transportation and community planning as well as technological trends."
Some companies have even knocked down their walls in favor of a complete remote strategy. CIO.com profiled Geoff Perlman, the CEO of REAL Software, who decided to lean on a remote solution when desired talent was hesitant about relocating. After seeing the benefits and doing some independent research, he completely unplugged his business in favor of a digital presence and the occasional face-to-face meeting.
As new practices change the face of modern business, IT Principals need to be prepared to adapt quickly. VARs and MSPs are becoming reliable resources for IT decision-makers that find themselves in a bind and can offer project-based or permanent solutions.