The last few months we have all been working massively from home and it doesn’t look like the current situation will change immediately. What we saw was that some of the companies were easily adapting to this new way of working, but that other companies were less prepared for this, and that the changes required greater efforts.

The shift from office- to homeworking as the norm is not only bringing changes at this time but will undoubtedly determine our future. In this blog, we therefore discuss five trends that are already becoming more and more common or that will appear in the work field in the near future.

1. CLOUD COMPUTING

With the implementation of a digital workplace within your company you are ready for the future. By migrating to the Cloud, you can remotely manage different devices and ensure that employees have access to the necessary software and applications whenever and wherever they want.Due to Cloud solutions, data will be stored and secured virtually in the cloud instead of locally.

Companies often take their first steps into the Cloud by implementing a digital workplace. This often opens doors within the company to migrate other aspects to the Cloud. A choice can be made between the Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud depending on the business needs. You can read the difference between these Cloud solutions here.

Cloud Solutions

2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the integration of human intelligence into artefacts or devices/objects. The goal is to create devices that are able to act the exact same way as a human when they encounter the same situation. This process is often a matter of ‘trial & error’ with the aim of approaching reality as closely as possible and constantly improving and updating the processes.

The AI principle is not new and is already being used for countless processes today. An example we are all familiar with is updating smartphones and laptops in order to constantly improve their performance.

In the business world AI allows us to evaluate and further optimize the used processes. This is often in combination with automation processes because AI teaches us where things can be done better and faster. Computer-controlled operations often offer a solution here. Some people fear that this shift will cost their job but there are also people in favor who say that they can use the gained time for strategic thinking, experimenting with new innovations, updates,…

Artificial Intelligence

3. AUGMENTED & VIRTUAL REALITY

With Augmented Reality (AR), an extra layer is added to reality via the (smartphone) camera. The camera displays extra computer-generated information on the screen and there are also differences here. For example, the extra layer can also add some extra textual information or can display whole animations with audio and vibrancies. 

Virtual Reality (VR) is actually the opposite of Augmented Reality. A VR headset ensures that you’re cut off from reality and that you are immersed in a fictional world.

Augmented and Virtual Reality are both on the rise in the business world, although this is mainly sector-specific. For example, architects can create entire building tours by using virtual reality glasses or can add extra elements to a building using AR. At the beginning of the lockdown, we also saw new initiatives such as fictitious meeting rooms to increase the sense of togetherness between the employees.

4. 5G

Anyone who has followed the news over the past few months has probably seen 5G pass by several times. As with other changes, there are supporters and opponents. Still, 5G is a fact and will make an appearance in the (near) future. It promises to be even faster than the mobile internet we are already used to today. For employees who regularly use their cell phone for work-related purposes, this means a wider and faster range.

5G

5. EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Employee Eperience resembles to User Experience and puts the needs and requirements of the users, in this case the employees, first. Because the Digital Workplace should enable employees to work from anywhere at any time, it is important to start from this point of view.

The implementation is therefore more than providing some new technologies. It requires a holistic approach in which the right accents must be placed from the start. In addition to accessibility and user-friendliness, sufficient attention must also be paid to performance and security in order to secure all data. Ideally, you should just roll out a test environment to a few people in order to improve any shortcomings before implementing the digital workplace for the entire company.

Employee Experience

Are you also considering implementing a digital workplace within your company? We will be happy to advise you about the different functionalities and infrastructure that best suits your business needs.

STEP 1: GET YOURSELF A MORNING ROUTINE

It’s counterproductive if you take place behind your desk after you woke up 5 minutes ago. Instead, wake up and allow yourself some me-time or quality time with the family. Start the day with a delicious (& healthy) breakfast, take a long shower and/or get some exercise. Whatever suits you best!

 

STEP 2: DEFINE YOUR WORKSPACE

Make sure that you find yourself a separate workspace in your home, preferably one where you can close the door so that it’s clear for yourself and your housemates that you’re working. When the workday is over, clean your desk so you can start working right away the next day.

 

STEP 3: MAKE TO DO LISTS AND SET SOME PRIORITIES

Start your day by reading your mails and listing your priorities. Make a to do list, adding the most important things to the top of your list.Make sure you don’t exaggerate when making them, keep it realistic. This way you will get a satisfied feeling when you can cross each item!

 

STEP 4: ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE BREAKS

Don’t force yourself to work eight hours in a row, no one can hold their focus that long. Instead, try to work in blocks of one or two hours and then allow yourself to have a break. You’ll notice that this will make you more productive and that you’ll get more work done!

 

STEP 5: DON’T ALLOW WORK TO CONSUME YOUR LIFE

As we said in step 1, it is very important to draw a line between your ‘normal’ life and your ‘work’ life.Make sure you don’t work too long so you don’t overwork yourself!When you decide that your working day is finished, do not reopen your computer but enjoy your evening.

Enjoy the summer (at home)!

As a result of the stricter measures concerning the coronavirus, companies are forced to allow their employees to work from home as much as possible. Some companies are fully prepared for this and have the knowledge and tools to make this possible. Other companies need to look for creative solutions to integrate this as quickly as possible within their company.

However, homeworking is more than just connecting a laptop to the internet connection at your home. It is the perfect opportunity for hackers to access sensitive business information in an easy way. That’s why we share some tips to make your home office a safe place and to protect your data from hackers!

1. Establish a remote work policy for your employees

Are you a company manager and do you have to make sure that your employees can work from home in the best possible way? Then draw up a remote work policy! The success of working from home stands or falls with clear agreements. Therefore make a clear document in which all expectations and guidelines are clearly written down. For example, how do they have to log in on their computer to get access to all the needed documents? Always make sure that someone is available during working hours to handle and answer problems or questions about homeworking.

2. Two-factor authentication (2FA)

Most of us probably know that it is important to choose a strong password that is preferably 8 characters long and consists of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. It is also important to choose a different password for each account.  

But did you know that when you work from home, it’s best to choose a two-factor authentication as well? This means that in addition to your normal password, you also need to verify that it is you before you can gain access. This is often a code that you receive on your smartphone.

3. Secure network, anti-malware, antivirus  

Ensure the use of a secure WiFi connection. Do you share the connection with others? Then consider setting up a network connection just for your work purposes. If this option is built into your router, an additional purchase is not necessary.

Are you forced to use your personal computer without an up-to-date antivirus or malware software? Then you are more likely to be affected by viruses or malware. So be sure to install it before you start working with confidential and business-sensitive information!

4. Mail encryption

You may not think about it, but the mails you send are always reviewed by service providers. By encrypting your mails, the content will only be accessible to you and the recipient. This reduces the chance of interception by hackers.

5. Phishing mails

As we mentioned in one of our previous blogs, hackers adore trends. Therefore, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be aware of the possible dangers of phishing mails, even when working from home.

Because we often have the first reaction to open an attachment or click on a link, it takes some self-control not to do this. Whether it’s a mailing about the coronavirus or a mail from an unknown sender about the new measures within your company, always be on your guard. Read here what to watch out for in case of suspicious mailings.

6. Back-up personal and business related information

Always make a backup according to the rules at your company. This backup makes it possible to restore the personal and/or the business data hackers stole. Click here for more information about back ups and data continuity within your company.

If you still have questions about cybersecurity within your company, you can always contact us. We will be happy to help you in these unusual times!

Now that the coronavirus is also spreading rapidly in Belgium, we are advised to work from home as much as possible. Unfortunately, this is not possible within all sectors and many companies are not (yet) prepared for this.

Besides the ability to work from home, enough laptops, chargers and clear agreements, we also need some other things to make this a success. Just think of access to the platforms needed to communicate with your colleagues or access to necessary programs and/or applications. As a solution to the second problem we recommend VMware Horizon view.

1. What is VMware Horizon view

VMware Horizon view is a virtual desktop infrastructure software (VDI). A remote connection can be made between end devices and Horizon view virtual desktops and applications. VMware Horizon is compatible with Windows and Linux, Apple iOS, Mac OS X, Google Android and Chrome OS.

2. How to establish the connection

In short, a connection will be made between the user device and the Horizon Client Application. The View Connection Server acts as a broker and is located between these two endpoints. This will ensure that the connection is evaluated and a correct connection is established between the user device and the associated virtual desktop.

3. The purpose of a VMware Horizon implementation

A software-driven digital workplace allows end users to work wherever and whenever they want. In addition to increased flexibility, it is also secure because all data is stored and managed in the cloud, dramatically reducing the risk of data loss.

As we already mentioned, a secure connection is established between the user device and the associated virtual desktop. By using a unique, personal authentication, each person can be configured individually. In this way you can specifically determine which information must be available to whom and when. Logging in only needs to be done once, which means that employees only need to remember one password to gain access to all necessary information and/or applications.

Are you also considering implementing a digital workplace within your company? We would like to advise you on the various functionalities and the infrastructure that suits your business needs best!