COVID-19 Challenges for the Borderless Enterprise

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, 21% of organizations globally had over half of their workforce working remotely. China, Germany and Australia had the fewest such workers, while the US had the most. The COVID-19 crisis has forced companies to become “borderless,” pushing these numbers up in both the short- and, it appears, long-term. The “borderless enterprise” is one that is characterized by high levels of remote work, high adoption of cloud-based services and applications, and a large number of dispersed IoT, mobile and other devices. In every country surveyed, businesses had to go borderless to survive the crisis. Globally, 70.1% of companies had over half of their workforce working remotely due to the pandemic. Furthermore, the crisis affected expectations going forward with 40% of surveyed organizations globally now expecting more than half of their workforce to be working remotely—nearly double the prepandemic percentage. Clearly, the borderless enterprise is here to stay.


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