Could your IT business in Australia cope in the event of a global epidemic such as the coronavirus? Since the virus’ emergence, it has triggered widespread panic and paranoia. People bought masks in bulk. Some who suspect that they have caught the virus, put themselves under self-quarantine, and some had to make the difficult decision to miss work in fear of catching the contagious disease.

We don’t know about you, but the anxiety this illness has caused is clearly not good for business. It’s during scenarios like this when a detailed business continuity plan can come in handy. 

There are several areas that need to be examined in your business before you can create a great plan. People and technology are going to play a key part. You never really know what’s going to happen in the future so you might as well prepare for it. Inefficiencies, delays, and loss of profit can easily be prevented with proper planning. 

Creating a comprehensive business continuity plan is not only crucial in times of a potential zombie apocalypse brought about by a virus. You also need to think about equipping your teams with appropriate tools and strategic course of action whatever the situation. 

So, in the scenario we told you about, if you have an employee who’s stuck at home and unable to travel to work, what do you do? How do you plan for such an event?

We’re in the 21st Century and unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard of remote work or working from home. It’s part of Digital Transformationa simple answer and more sustainable solution to the ever-changing and fast-paced growth of society. Through this action, you can fundamentally change the way you operate and provide continuity in your procedures.

If you’re interested in applying some digital transformation tips, I can show you the basics. Here are some things that you can do to enable your team whilst maintaining security.

  1. Consider procuring laptops for your team, including your senior team members. They can connect from home and gain access to resources.
  2. Office 365, Teams and SharePoint provide a fantastic base to enable mobility and access to data and information from anywhere. You can maintain engagement with team members wherever they are. 
  3. Have a VPN and/or Remote Desktop systems to access legacy or onsite applications and systems.
  4. Automate and clearly document the process to move data and workflow throughout the business so people don’t have to be next to each other for a process to work.

These are only some of the ways you can do to incorporate digital transformation in your IT business in Australia.  Proper integration of the right digital tools and processes can enhance your performance as a company and yield better and more efficient results in the future. So, just in case there’s another virus outbreak, you’ll know what to do. 

If you’re not sure about where to start on your digital transformation journey, then reach out and we can discuss what you could do with your business. We can help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on your business and other possible end-of-the-world scenarios.