16 Mar Perseverance & Planning in an Age of Accelerated Transformation: 2020 in Review
Perseverance and Planning in an Age of
Accelerated Transformation: 2020 in Review
16 March 2021· 4 min read
This past year, industries and companies around the globe began digitizing at an accelerated rate, spurred on by forces beyond their control. Due to the pandemic, employees had to adjust their daily office routines for their homes without significant drop-offs in productivity. Basically, we were given a crash course in digital transformation in 2020.
While there were growing pains along the way, we answered the bell. Many industries were already listing digital transformation and disruption at the top of their priority list heading into 2020, but the response to the pandemic may have accelerated this process by as much as five years.
To put that “five years” into perspective, the U.S. remote workforce ballooned from 3.4 percent to 42 percent in 2020. This rapid digitization would have been nearly impossible without collaboration platforms, such as Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft proves we’re stronger in “Teams”
A shift this abrupt called for an infrastructure that could handle millions of workers trading in their cubicles for a commute to a makeshift office in the living room. From the legal industry to the NBA, collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams became the new normal.
Prior to the pandemic, Microsoft Teams was home to approximately 20 million daily active users. By April 2020 – amid worldwide lockdowns – that number more than doubled to 44 million users spending 2.7 billion minutes in meetings on Teams.
Today, Teams has grown to well over 115 million users worldwide and Microsoft is doubling down on the platform. It announced many new features, additions, and improvements to Teams during Microsoft Ignite 2021. Most of the tools are aimed at easing presentations, meetings, and collaboration for those working remotely. The investment seems worthwhile, as our reliance on platforms like Teams is unlikely to change anytime soon.
A recent Gartner survey of the legal, HR, finance and real estate industries shows that over 80 percent of company heads plan on allowing workers to remain remote in some fashion once the pandemic ends.
Digitization doesn’t just stop at remote work, either.
Industry leaders will now likely invest in digital transformation in order to increase productivity, reduce costs and create entirely new revenue streams. The past year was truly just the beginning.
Navigating the “Cyber Pandemic”
This rapid shift in tech and digitization opened the door for new opportunities, but also plenty of potential headaches. 2020 saw an unprecedented number of cybersecurity breaches and hacks. This led some news outlets to claim that we’re living in a “Cyber Pandemic.”
Due to the forced rapid adoption of cloud-based platforms, many organizations weren’t fully equipped to deal with the effects of a “bad day,” or a major cyber breach.
This is where we come in.
How Prosperoware Helps
As thought leaders in the industry for over a decade, Prosperoware is pioneering software solutions that help organizations improve governance and adoption across their collaboration systems.
Data governance issues and security concerns have become a focal point of this digital workspace. Just like you, we’ve spent the past year adapting our offices around the world to fit in with life during the pandemic.
Our software, Prosperoware CAM allows clients in the legal, finance, banking, healthcare, and other project or relationship-based organizations to provision, classify, protect, move, and minimize their data in order to collaborate without chaos. CAM empowers organizations to navigate and manage collaboration platforms with confidence and peace of mind by controlling chaos and minimizing risks related to privacy and cybersecurity.
CAM, integrates with multiple collaboration systems, including Microsoft 365 (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, OneNote, Planner), file shares, iManage, NetDocuments, HighQ, and more to come.
Here’s what CAM can do for you:
- Automatic provisioning of workspaces, Teams, Channels, and folders from Project Portfolio Management, CRM etc., or through human workflow using templates
- Rich, custom metadata for project or document context
- Unified project directory for content location for end users and risk management teams
- Automatically provision internal & external users, manage permissions, and integrate with ethical wall systems
- Data Loss Prevention including activity monitoring and bulk security & metadata changes
- Minimize data by setting data disposition policies or apply litigation hold
Through CAM, you can ensure that collaboration chaos is mitigated so that remote work doesn’t have to lead to a lack of productivity.
If the past year proved anything, it’s that forecasting the future of digital transformation can be an uncertain science. However, we’ll be there every step of the way to help you confront both the successes and obstacles ahead. If 2020 pushed us ahead five years, let’s see how far we can go in 2021.