VMworld 2020: 4 Takeaways from This Year’s Event

3. Partnerships Can Ease the Burden in Times of Crisis

With so many procedures changing, IT departments have a lot to keep straight on their own. That’s where partnering up with an outside resource can be invaluable. 

Todd King, a VMware software-defined data center architect at CDW, said his company was able to help its customers immensely during the initial transition to remote work.

“In the beginning with COVID, we were dealing more with just enabling workers to work from home and enabling those IT staffs to be able to support all that,” King said. “Now, as we start to settle into this work-from-home idea, we’re actually starting to help customers understand security for working from home, understand data center infrastructure, and expanding on demand to address all these dynamic workforces and the needs of the business.”

Tom Cahill, vice president for product and partner management at CDW, said those

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VMworld 2020: 3 Keys to a Future-Ready Workforce

The transition to remote work may be behind us, but there’s a lot of uncertainty about what work will look like in the future. 

How long will employees work remotely? What will new offices look like? How will workers stay connected in a hybrid world?

Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager for end-user computing at VMware, said that many employees don’t plan on returning. 

“The remote work revolution is already producing many, many positive benefits,” said Iyer at VMworld 2020. “While we can talk about cost savings and the ability of employees to live wherever they want, here’s another interesting effect: Three-quarters of employees say that since the wave of remote work began, employees outside of corporate headquarters feel far more empowered to make decisions.”

While there are other benefits, such as more flexibility for employees and a larger recruiting pool for businesses, many organizations weren’t set up

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