In the last issue, the topic of Microsoft Teams was beaten into the ground. If you are not using Teams, shame on you. However, this issue’s topic is going to rely on a company having implemented Teams or a similar tool. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic continues to force organizations to modify operations, whether a result of federal or local government guidelines, organizational policy, or simply common sense. As we all know by now, physical distancing is one of the preventive measures recommended as a method of combatting COVID.
One way to partake in physical distancing while continuing to support one’s property from a technological perspective is to utilize strategic scheduling. As technologists, much of our work can be performed without physically being present. Remote access tools, virtual servers/systems, mobile applications, cloud-based applications, and the ability via multiple tools to share information have all grown in functionality and ability. Certainly, someone still has to be on property to move that occasional printer, perform maintenance, replace the batteries in a mouse, or push the power button when all else fails.