If you can believe it, less than two years ago when I was in the interview process with a prominent PR agency in Chicago I asked about their stance on flexible working. Their response: employees are allowed to work from home one day a week. What was intended to be a “perk” came across as old school and misaligned with the trend of companies trusting their employees to get their work done regardless of their physical location.

Fast forward to now, seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s been proven that the tools and technologies available today allow us to effectively work from home. That being said, there is still a long way to go in terms of innovation for this to be sustainable in the long-term. As such, the rapid shift to remote work has initiated an accelerated digital transformation timeline for companies across industries. One day we will be able to return to physical offices, but the way we think about work will never be the same. We’ve learned that with the right tools to support collaboration and connectivity, employees can do the same or even their best work from anywhere. 

This puts companies like SD-WAN and SASE provider, Masergy, in the spotlight to accelerate the roll out of solutions that support companies in the process of redefining remote work and IT infrastructures for the long-term. We’ve already written about how the network is at the center of WFA - and how Masergy is bringing enhanced security and connectivity that also takes the work off of IT’s hands so they can focus on higher value projects.  

Publications like Computer Weekly, Telecom Reseller and Light Reading highlighted the importance of the network to keeping remote teams working securely and efficiently, which then exposed the critical need for better tools to support the future of work. 

Organizations have accelerated the implementation of digital transformation plans, so Masergy responded quickly by launching two new remote work offerings to support enterprises looking to securely provide the same connectivity for employees at home as they would have at a corporate office. It’s clear this is the type of initiative that IT professionals are looking for more of, as the announcement was covered in publications across networking and tech pubs like NetworkWorld, SDxCentral, SiliconANGLE and others. 

Typically, I refrain from using cliché statements but for the year 2020 there is perhaps no more fitting of a mantra than “change is the only constant in life.” We know we cannot control change, but we can control how we react and adapt. The companies that embrace change and adopt the technology needed to support the new normal will be the ones that will emerge even stronger in a post-pandemic world.

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