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Coronavirus: Managing (and pivoting) during a crisis

Updated: If you weren’t entirely prepared for COVID-19, you’re not alone. Ensuring business continuity in crisis management mode requires the right mix of technology, patience and agility. This collection of Insider Pro articles may help.

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Updated: March 24, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to impact the health, business operations and economies of the world, Insider Pro continues to keep you up to date on what you, as an IT decision maker, need to consider as you react to unprecdented technology and leadership challenges. 

New this week: Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan looks at why this is no time for companies to cut back on technology.  As work requirements shift, IT will be more important than ever. "Broadly," Elgan writes, "cost-containment is being affected by replacing the physical with the virtual -- video chat instead of business travel, meetings and conferences. That means you'll want to spend a lot less on travel and meetings and a little more on video-conferencing IT."

While we're all in this together in spirit, you are alone in your home office and that carries some extra weight if you're not accustomed to working remotely. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols points out that when you become a branch office of one, you also become your own CSO -- and it's job you better take seriously: "It's a brave new scary world and we're all trying to do the best we can," he writes. "Keeping your work safe from home isn't easy. But it's not rocket science either." Especially if you follow Just follow Vaughan-Nichols' tips 

If you weren't collaborating before ...

Creating an environment that fosters online collaboration and an efficient remote worker strategy is hardly a new concept. Whether it’s to accommodate the needs of a more diverse workforce, attract the best tech talent regardless of location or communicate with offices around the world,  flexibility and agility are ingredients to a productive digital workforce.

The need for that collaborative, mobile workforce just acceralated. The rapidly expanding impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus is rewarding companies that have prepared and have the needed applications, infrastructure and polices in place. The payoff is a smoother transition during this period of crisis management. That said, few companies can be truly prepared for pandemic.

If you’re in need of collaboration tools, remote worker policies or general advice for how to manage in trying times and maintain operational continuity, check out some of the articles below. We’ll continue to add new articles to the list as the coronavirus continues to present us with what are arguably unprecedented challenges. 

Managing and collaborating during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond

Don’t let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk

Congratulations. You're now the chief security officer of your company’s newest branch office: Your home. Here's how to manage your new job.

14 ways CIOs can show leadership during the COVID-19 crisis

What steps should CIOs be taking to help their organizations immediately weather this crisis? Fourteen CIOs share their thoughts.

COVID-19 and tech: New collaboration tools mean new security risks

As the coronavirus forces companies to move their communication and file sharing onto collaboration platforms, be prepared for unintended consequences: New security threats will surface, requiring new methods of securing your environment.

Coronavirus: What companies are ready for our new reality?

One class of companies is already equipped to work in a fully distributed employee model. Another going to have a difficult time adapting to most employees having to work from home. Some won’t survive if this lasts more than a few weeks.

What your business can do about the coronavirus ... right now

The Covid-19 crisis is the Black Swan event of our lifetime. Here's how to hold it all together (while keeping employees apart).

How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

Due to the Covid-19 virus, some tech-culture trends are radically accelerating. Others are being reversed. And it's happening all at once. Here's what you need to know.

4 tips for picking the right collaboration suite

Research shows that workplace technology actually impedes your employees' ability to work in a timely manner and makes it more difficult to collaborate. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are four ways to choose the right collaboration tools.

How to build a collaboration environment for a changing workforce

By 2025, most workers will be millennials. These ‘digital natives’ will have a major impact on how collaboration takes place – and it won’t involve walking next door to an office to collaborate.

Why your company needs a BYOO (bring your own office) policy

Remote work is not a trend. It’s there to stay. Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan explains why it's time to re-orient your organization's thinking around workshifting and BYOO.

How to combine project management and collaboration

A look at several products that offer both chat and project management in one interface so that conversations can be turned into workflow, milestones, calendar entries and other actionable items.

Can you be mobile AND secure?

Despite the security challenges mobile devices create, there is no going back. Users demand corporate access from their smartphones and companies benefit from this access with increased efficiency, better use of time and improved user experience. Here's how to be safe and mobile.

How to develop a mobile policy

Why you need to sweat the details and avoid a far-reaching (too broad) policy when it comes to managing mobile devices. 
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Updated: March 24, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to impact the health, business operations and economies of the world, Insider Pro continues to keep you up to date on what you, as an IT decision maker, need to consider as you react to unprecdented technology and leadership challenges. 

New this week: Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan looks at why this is no time for companies to cut back on technology.  As work requirements shift, IT will be more important than ever. "Broadly," Elgan writes, "cost-containment is being affected by replacing the physical with the virtual -- video chat instead of business travel, meetings and conferences. That means you'll want to spend a lot less on travel and meetings and a little more on video-conferencing IT."

While we're all in this together in spirit, you are alone in your home office and that carries some extra weight if you're not accustomed to working remotely. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols points out that when you become a branch office of one, you also become your own CSO -- and it's job you better take seriously: "It's a brave new scary world and we're all trying to do the best we can," he writes. "Keeping your work safe from home isn't easy. But it's not rocket science either." Especially if you follow Just follow Vaughan-Nichols' tips 

If you weren't collaborating before ...

Creating an environment that fosters online collaboration and an efficient remote worker strategy is hardly a new concept. Whether it’s to accommodate the needs of a more diverse workforce, attract the best tech talent regardless of location or communicate with offices around the world,  flexibility and agility are ingredients to a productive digital workforce.

The need for that collaborative, mobile workforce just acceralated. The rapidly expanding impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus is rewarding companies that have prepared and have the needed applications, infrastructure and polices in place. The payoff is a smoother transition during this period of crisis management. That said, few companies can be truly prepared for pandemic.

If you’re in need of collaboration tools, remote worker policies or general advice for how to manage in trying times and maintain operational continuity, check out some of the articles below. We’ll continue to add new articles to the list as the coronavirus continues to present us with what are arguably unprecedented challenges. 

Managing and collaborating during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond

Don’t let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk

Congratulations. You're now the chief security officer of your company’s newest branch office: Your home. Here's how to manage your new job.

14 ways CIOs can show leadership during the COVID-19 crisis

What steps should CIOs be taking to help their organizations immediately weather this crisis? Fourteen CIOs share their thoughts.

COVID-19 and tech: New collaboration tools mean new security risks

As the coronavirus forces companies to move their communication and file sharing onto collaboration platforms, be prepared for unintended consequences: New security threats will surface, requiring new methods of securing your environment.

Coronavirus: What companies are ready for our new reality?

One class of companies is already equipped to work in a fully distributed employee model. Another going to have a difficult time adapting to most employees having to work from home. Some won’t survive if this lasts more than a few weeks.

What your business can do about the coronavirus ... right now

The Covid-19 crisis is the Black Swan event of our lifetime. Here's how to hold it all together (while keeping employees apart).

How the coronavirus is changing tech and 5 things to do about it

Due to the Covid-19 virus, some tech-culture trends are radically accelerating. Others are being reversed. And it's happening all at once. Here's what you need to know.

4 tips for picking the right collaboration suite

Research shows that workplace technology actually impedes your employees' ability to work in a timely manner and makes it more difficult to collaborate. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are four ways to choose the right collaboration tools.

How to build a collaboration environment for a changing workforce

By 2025, most workers will be millennials. These ‘digital natives’ will have a major impact on how collaboration takes place – and it won’t involve walking next door to an office to collaborate.

Why your company needs a BYOO (bring your own office) policy

Remote work is not a trend. It’s there to stay. Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan explains why it's time to re-orient your organization's thinking around workshifting and BYOO.

How to combine project management and collaboration

A look at several products that offer both chat and project management in one interface so that conversations can be turned into workflow, milestones, calendar entries and other actionable items.

Can you be mobile AND secure?

Despite the security challenges mobile devices create, there is no going back. Users demand corporate access from their smartphones and companies benefit from this access with increased efficiency, better use of time and improved user experience. Here's how to be safe and mobile.

How to develop a mobile policy

Why you need to sweat the details and avoid a far-reaching (too broad) policy when it comes to managing mobile devices. 
For Andriod
| For iOS