Apr 16 2020

What to Expect from the Future of Work Virtual SummIT

CDW’s annual conference has moved online with a new sense of urgency driven by the transition to remote work.

Businesses across industries are in the middle of a large-scale shift as large portions of the workforce are now working from home. Digital workspace needs have increased dramatically as organizations have been forced to quickly develop (and in many cases, redevelop) remote work strategies.

These are the kinds of challenges that the Future of Work Virtual SummIT plans to tackle next week in an immersive digital experience. The conference has long explored the technology powering trends in the digital workspace, but now it will be leaning on that very technology to deliver the immersive experience attendees have grown accustomed to. Instead of gathering in Las Vegas, the summit has moved online to become the Future of Work Virtual SummIT.

From April 20 to 24, attendees will have digital access to webinars, live presentations, and Q&A sessions with industry experts. During webinars and presentations, viewers will be able to submit questions, which will be answered live once the presentation has concluded.Written and video coverage of these events will be available on BizTech’s event page, along with full-length recordings of the presentations and webinars. Those will only be available to BizTech Insiders, so sign up to get full access. Insiders can also register for the event here.

Is the Future of Work Already Here?

Much like conferences have had to shift to a digital format, businesses have had to do so as well. The immediate need to work remotely has driven every industry through a brick wall of uncertainty to realize that business operations don’t have to be confined to the office.

In the span of weeks or even days, organizations have been forced to take their small-scale work from home processes companywide, and for many the change could be permanent. A chief financial officer survey from Gartner found that 74 percent of CFOs intend to move at least some employees to remote work full time.

Having more full-time remote workers is going to put even more of an emphasis on collaboration technology, VPNs and the right cybersecurity tools to protect it all. During the summit, experts will outline ways organizations can deploy these solutions effectively to solidify business operations heading into a new era of work. 

A positive from this sudden shift to remote work is that businesses have had the opportunity to try a variety of tools under new circumstances. Those lessons will prove invaluable as companies prepare for the future of work, and CDW solutions experts will be able to share those lessons as well as other customer success stories.

People are at the heart of any successful business. Employees are having to adjust to remote work not only on a technological level, but also on a human level. Experts will detail what business leaders and IT departments need to think about when shifting company culture to support business operations — as well as workers’ emotional well-being — remotely. 

WATCH: Experts break down what businesses need to have to power successful remote work.

Dive Deep into the Latest Digital Workspace Trends

A remote workforce has a different set of needs than one that comes into the office. From communication to collaboration, many business processes take an extra step when they’re being done remotely. Now more than ever, technology is being leaned on to cut down those steps as much as possible. 

Organizations are realizing that, while communication technology is important, document sharing and whiteboarding tools are equally important so teams can work together on projects regardless of location. Experts will provide insights into these options and how they can best be used to keep teams connected and enhance productivity

Collaboration technology has taken center stage in this new era of work, but it’s only one aspect of what’s needed to power the digital workspace. For those tools to work, they need to be connected to a network that can support all users at the same time, something many organizations didn’t consider when initially developing work-from-home strategies. Security solutions that focus on defending those networks, as well as the devices that connect to them, will also be explored at the virtual conference.

Many businesses are taking this time to iron out their remote work processes, and for good reason: Widespread remote work could be here to stay. Follow along with coverage of the Future of Work Virtual SummIT all week here.

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