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Vaioni Group is delighted to confirm its appointment to two public sector frameworks as part of a strategic growth initiative focusing on public sector organisations.
Vaioni Group has been successfully appointed to the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation’s (YPO) new framework for Network Connectivity and Telecommunication Solutions for three lots – Wide Area Networks, Cyber Security and Communication. Valued at £750million this is a first-of-its kind framework, created to offer a full range of connectivity and communication technology services to all public sector organisations, from blue light to central and local government.
Covid has vastly accelerated a number of workplace trends already in play, forcing companies to adopt new strategies, policies and technologies at breakneck speed. From digital transformation to remote working, 2020 feels like the year when everything changed in the blink of an eye.
So how should organisations react to this constant cycle of change? At times like this, a certain amount of trepidation is natural. Business doesn’t like uncertainty, because it leads to indecision. How can you plan for a post-pandemic future when it’s impossible to predict what will happen next week?
When lockdown hit in March, thousands of us rushed away from workplaces and set up office in back bedrooms and garden sheds. It wasn’t ideal, but it was good enough. We made the best of it, despite cramped spaces, intrusive children and stuttering Zoom meetings.
And with the arrival of Covid’s second wave this Autumn, that’s the position many of us still find ourselves in. We’ve become used to remote working, though some of us want to go back to the office. Our expectations around work/life balance have changed. We’re looking forward to the end of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we want to wind back the clock to exactly the way things were before.
A new approach
Which is why you might have started hearing the term ‘hybrid working’ bandied about recently. It’s a new way of working that advocates a semi-remote approach, and generally means employees spend some of the week (post-Covid) in the office, and some of it working at home or elsewhere. It’s likely to prove popular. In Vaioni’s own post-Covid home working survey, only 8% of respondents said staff would continue to work from home all of the time after the pandemic, but 60% said their businesses would adopt a hybrid model.
Around a third (32%) of businesses and two in ten charities (22%) report having cybersecurity breaches or attacks in 2019, and the numbers are much higher among large and medium operations (60%), as well as high-income charities (52%). This means that every business – from SoHo to the biggest conglomerate – needs to consider its cybersecurity risks and implement plans to mitigate against them. Our blog and ebook provide the detail you need to get started.
The trend towards remote or home working – either to replace or in hybrid with a typical office environment – has taken a massive leap forward following the COVID-19 pandemic. While an uptick in a business’s green credentials might be an immediately obvious benefit, remote working does come with its own unique set of challenges.
The effects of COVID-19 have shown us all the struggles and challenges of working from home. While we may all be desperate to return to the office and see our colleagues again, remote working is here to stay, and it’s already a significant consideration for businesses in their future planning. But it’s not all down to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses were already looking to adopt Unified Communication platforms to refresh their calling technologies before the ISDN…
Long before the global pandemic ground the world to a halt, and saw new connectivity services and fault resolutions being prioritised for critical functions such as blue light services, pharmacies, utilities, food distribution outlets and financial services, rural homes and businesses were patiently waiting for the high-speed internet services that the rest of us take for granted. Now, with limits to travel and engineer availability, will those in the green belt be left behind?
While there is still so much uncertainty as to when businesses will be able to return to the office and ‘get back to normal’, there are several technologies that present solutions to the challenges of fostering these strong communication practices. The most significant being a Unified Communications solution that will – as the name suggests – combine all the various ways that your team collaborate, into a unified experience.
Vaioni enables businesses to minimise costs with free enterprise class hosted telephony solution for 3 months
With so much uncertainty in the market and a genuine risk of businesses losing revenue due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Vaioni – the Manchester-based Network Services Operator – has taken the decision to lead by example and embody its “Be Extraordinary’ mantra by offering some of its most popular enterprise class hosted voice and next generation internet security services for free; enabling businesses throughout the country to minimise costs and better weather this economic storm.
These are unprecedented times and I hope that you, your colleagues and families remain well. As the situation develops at pace, I wanted to let you know about some of the business continuity measures that we have taken to secure the continued operation of your service(s) and the health and safety of our colleagues and you, our customer. Our teams will be working remotely From today, our teams will be working from home. Under our business continuity plans a culture…