Amazon’s results announced last week showed a tripling of profits to £5.4bn and provided a reminder that not every business has been suffering during the pandemic. Offering multiple fulfilment options for lockdown consumers has been a key factor in their success.
The announcement that Catherine Solazzo is joining Tech Data as Senior VP for Marketing in the US is further evidence of the strengthening ties between IBM and Tech Data. Catherine’s previous role was VP Worldwide Partner Ecosystem Performance Marketing in IBM.
It is great to have grass roots football back again. For many still at school it is what they look forward to each weekend. Playing with their friends, hopefully scoring a goal and winning the match. And just like the professionals, they want to go through to the next round of the cup or climb the league and get promoted. The emotional roller coaster of a 7-4 win this weekend was evident throughout my son’s team, during a game that was played in all four of our British seasons over 90 minutes. As linesman, I was pleased to still have a luke-warm coffee in a flask, left over from the morning’s golf.
In a post-Covid world, McKinsey (Nov 2020) suggests three to four times as many workers will continue working from home than pre-pandemic. Far from being a planned process, this mass migration was rapid and reactionary. Looking forward, IT teams will need to re-approach their cloud network management, ensuring it’s fit for purpose as we settle into a new normal.
As the quarter ended, along with the financial year for many businesses, it was easy to miss the large number of people leaving IBM and starting new roles across the IT industry. There are also many others who have seen an opportunity to retire early or change industry, after long careers with the company.
Despite Mark Twain’s disdain for the game, as the first stage of reopening after lockdown approaches, the mood on the WhatsApp Golf Chat is beginning to turn more positive.
We can all agree, 2020 was unreal in so many aspects of our lives; changing how we functioned at home, and at work in ways we never would have predicted or expected. We all did an incredible job of, within weeks, pivoting to a remote life. In my case, learning to order services and products online – even having groceries delivered was a novel change; and working on video all day, every day, until it became so commonplace that now I host video calls with my family on the weekends to stay in touch are just a couple of the ways I’ve adjusted.
For IT financing, 2020 was a transformative year. We saw more companies looking to conserve capital due to uncertainty. We also saw the as-a-service and software defined concepts grow more than ever as a result.
2020 was a very disruptive year. We saw a massive workforce shift to work-from-home/remote work. This shift moved most employees outside the protective firewalled security of their corporate networks. Those organizations that were actively pursuing digital transformation simply accelerated their plans. Those who had not, either started or simply put their heads in the sand.