Fluid work-from-anywhere (WFA) and return-to-office (RTO) workforce scenarios are rapidly changing business requirements, which reduces confidence in mid-range and long-term network strategy plans. In early 2020, a vast majority of the global workforce was relegated to working from home as offices closed. Technology teams rose to the occasion and enabled remote workers with the assets, licenses, and services they needed to stay connected.

Fast forward two years and organizations are still supporting a variety of work-from-anywhere and return-to-office scenarios. The need for organizations to remain nimble is high and technology management professionals must develop network transformation and technology modernization strategies that are agile and progressive to remain strong business partners.

Work-from-anywhere and return-to-office shifting tides will continue to alter network transformation strategy in 2022 and beyond. Some will adopt a wait-and-see attitude until the workforce enablement models settle in. The status quo, particularly in an uncertain business climate, is a risky proposition, though.

Consider that new and changing business requirements contribute to scope creep and scope creep contributes to delays and budget overruns. Minimizing network transformation strategy risk improves execution and business results. Working closely with business leaders will be key to navigating network strategy and workforce enablement challenges.

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Timothy is Executive Vice President at AOTMP®

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