As of November 2021, the world seems to be split into two very distinct factions—those who believe that the traditional office world has forever changed, and those who are pushing to get back to a pre-2020 normalcy. So what’s the outcome going to be?
Well, not to be the bearer of bad news for an entire group of people, but pre-2020 just isn’t coming back. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Though the world is recovering—some places faster than others—the fact remains that companies of all sizes have now fully embraced the remote workplace. The stats simply don’t lie. TechRepublic recently reported that by the end of 2021, 51% of all knowledge workers worldwide are expected to be working remotely, up from 27% of knowledge workers in 2019.
That’s not all. To further illustrate the work-from-anywhere paradigm, 80% of workers believe remote options help them take care of their mental health. More so, remote employers report increased productivity by 42% and efficiency by 38%. And best of all (or worst of all, depending on which camp you’re in), employers could lose up to 39% of their workforce by forcing a return to the office.
The most interesting thing in all of this is that IT departments globally struggled to get the remote workforce operational in 2020—and ended up doing a fine job of enabling it in a very short period of time. Meanwhile, 2021 has been the year of “right-setting” IT infrastructure—making adjustments or upgrades to systems that were quickly implemented the year before.
The question then becomes: why would companies now want to walk away in 2022 from all of that hard work and incredible accomplishments? Well, they don’t want to walk away. In fact, companies will double down in 2022 to ensure all systems and connectivity are better than ever, and that the overall end-user experience will be downright revolutionary.
How will they do that? It all centers around cloud ubiquity. It starts with resiliency, scalability, flexibility and speed—the “four horsemen of the business apocalypse,” when they fail to perform. That said, these “big four” are set to change the world, and that change has already begun. Whether it’s hybrid, multi-cloud or edge environments—these are all expanding within our collective social fabric, establishing new and exciting distributed cloud models. Pair that with new wireless communications advances like 5G and the inevitability of cloud adoption, and ubiquity is a given.
If you don’t believe me, take Gartner’s word for it. They have forecasted that end-user spending on public cloud services will reach $396 billion in 2021, and grow almost 22% to reach $482 billion in 2022. But that’s not all—by 2026, public cloud spending will likely exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending. That’s up from less than 17% in 2021.
What does the concept of cloud ubiquity truly mean for business? To put it bluntly, if you’re not ready for cloud ubiquity, you’d better be. Because your competitors are almost certain to be.
Indeed, the cloud is the center of all things that equal business success—whether it’s about providing work-from-anywhere connectivity for your employees, enabling your team to work seamlessly via access to all files and systems as though they are in-office, or delivering new and exciting products and services to customers via superior cloud-based offerings.
So, without any pressure, where do you sit on the cloud-readiness scale? If you don’t know the answer, you’d better call me … because the alternative isn’t an option.