I read an interesting forward recently. It painted the scenario for those born in the year 1900, and how, by the time they turned 50, they would have lived through World War I, the Spanish Flu, The Great Depression, and World War II—four major events that had a permanent, global impact.
Comparatively, the current pandemic seems to be the first incident since 1950 to have such a widespread global reach—and although medical science has made tremendous progress since the Spanish Flu of 100 years ago, we are learning how to better cope with the situation every day.
While the medical community is working hard to find a permanent solution to this global health crisis, the only intermediate recourse available at the moment is social distancing; many countries have implemented lockdown to ensure the safety of their people.
Another area that has seen rapid advances since the 1950s is communication technology, and the internet, specifically. Although one might argue that global economics and the proverbial “flattening” of the earth has resulted in the rapid spread of the disease, it is also true that the internet has helped in speedy information dissemination and the quick response of governments and medical bodies around the world to the malady.
With a majority of the world’s population staying at home, the internet has become the platform for all kinds of activities—entertainment, education, training, social get-togethers, collaboration, and of course, work.
Securing the new borderless enterprise
Companies and organizations have had a varied set of responses to the situation. Certain industries, such as manufacturing, had to shut down operations since employees were not being able to attend work. On the other hand, many other companies, especially the knowledge industry, have embraced this opportunity to stay productive throughout the lockdown by enabling remote work for their employees. Having experienced strategic business benefits during this period, some organizations have even announced an accelerated pace of digitization.
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