Supporting employees' well-being
Employee mental health has dropped an astounding 33% since the pandemic began, with technology playing a part by blurring the lines between home and work. Expect to grow in ways that support employees' well-being by humanizing and structuring the remote experience.
Innovative mental health technologies are on the rise with tools like activity monitoring solutions, corporate wellness platforms, mental health apps, wearable well-being devices, and emotional AI. Forbes created a helpful free flipbook that outlines specific solutions you can peruse in detail.
Another way you may help support employees' health and productivity is to consolidate communication technologies under one platform. This tactic helps organize and streamline activities like video-conferencing, meeting planning, chat, and file-sharing – making digital communication less overwhelming and confusing.
Introducing a FinOps strategy
Many IT executives are under pressure to control cloud costs and have complete visibility of spending. In 2021, expect to support these initiatives by focusing more on delivering cloud migrations, governing the new environment, and correctly licensing that environment.
This practice of bringing financial accountability to cloud spend and enabling global teams to make informed business decisions is called FinOps (short for cloud financial operations). FinOps empowers collaboration between IT, Engineering, Finance, and Procurement business units. It also enables IT to develop into more of a service provider that adds value to the company with cloud technology.
A great way to start strengthening your FinOps strategy is to conduct a cloud maturity assessment – an evaluation that identifies and bridges any gaps in cloud management before spending and problems increase. Some companies partner with a firm specializing in this service – like SoftwareONE – due to the level of expertise needed.