Remote work for IT leaders

Note from the editor

The coronavirus pandemic shifted the conversation around enabling remote work capabilities from "nice to have" to "mission critical." Organizations leapt to action to allow for business continuity in the face of global health and economic uncertainty. 

Organizations are proving work can continue at a distance and fears of reduced productivity are waning. Following the shutdown, three-quarters of CFOs plan to shift at least 5% of their workforce permanently remote.

There's no going back, which increases attention on what enables remote work: the technology. 

More than ever before, companies must have digital solutions in place for collaboration, connectivity and communication. "As a service" models become the saviors of business continuity, on-prem seems outdated and security comes to the fore — there is no longer a single network to protect.  

Just because companies went remote practically overnight does not mean all the wrinkles are smoothed out. IT leaders must still confront management concerns, connectivity, tool selection and limited budgets. 

The new remote will continue to evolve and it's up to IT leaders to adapt. 

Naomi Eide Senior Editor

Tools and standards shaping remote work in 2021

What's the most important business technology trend of 2021? Flexibility.

• Published Jan. 11, 2021

PwC: Remote work 'an overwhelming success' for employers, employees

• Published Jan. 21, 2021

4 in 10 software engineers want to go back to the office: report

• Published May 17, 2021

Tech jobs remain clustered in major hubs — for now

• Published May 6, 2021

What stays and goes in IT, post pandemic

No matter the aftermath, a full return to the old ways seems unlikely.

• Published March 11, 2021

Employers prioritize security, gear and Wi-Fi in remote work spend

• Published May 13, 2021

Culture, tech woes await executives building long-term work models: report

• Published April 6, 2021

Hybrid work transition overwhelms, challenges IT professionals

More than half of IT departments plan to increase spend on remote management tech as they navigate the hybrid environment, according to a JumpCloud survey.

• Published July 6, 2021