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How are Tech Leaders Responding to Covid-19?

During each of our Alternative Hangout sessions, we pose a series of survey questions to participants. At our first Professional Services Tech Leaders session we heard from the following speakers:

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At each session, we pose a number of survey questions to our audience. Here is what we asked them and how they responded:

1. Post lockdown, how do you envision the future business model for balancing remote and in-office working?

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We have asked this question at a number of our Hangouts and the majority of those surveyed have indicated that things will not return to normal post lockdown. 67% believe that there will be increased home working with employees having scheduled time in the office, 28% think there will be a 50-50 mix of home and office working and only 6% say that the majority of an employees time will be spent in the office.

 

2. During the Covid-19 crisis which things have been the most prevalent to look at?

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We gave participants three options to choose from in regards to what they found the most prevalent for their business to look at during Covid-19. Both business continuity and reducing costs and improving efficiency received 39% of the votes with improving relationships with existing partners receiving 22%.

 

3. Now you have settled into WFH, how effective are you and your team? What % of work do you feel your team can achieve whilst working remotely?

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Everyone said that their team could achieve between 75% and 100% of their work effectively whilst working from home during the Covid-19 crisis. None of those surveyed chose 50% or less.

4. What barriers have you and your team been experiencing whilst working remotely?

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The majority of respondents (44%) said that gathering information from clients was the biggest barrier for them and their teams whilst they have been working remotely. 31% said that managing staff and tasks had proven to be a barrier and 25% said internal communication was the main barrier they had experienced whilst working from home.

 

5. How successfully is your company managing security on local devices – are you happy with your endpoint security set up?

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At 94%, the vast majority of those surveyed said that they were happy with their endpoint security set. This has been a hot topic since the need to enable entire businesses to work from home happened almost overnight. Only 6% said that they were not happy with their endpoint security up and none of those surveyed said that they were in the market for a new supplier.

6. Will your business remove previous barriers to innovation decision making and create a new culture of agile / faster innovation decision making post-Covid-19?

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22% said that their business would not remove previous barriers to innovation decision making to enable a new culture of agile innovation decision making post-Covid-19, with 78% saying that their company would remove these barriers.