Navigating the post-COVID future of work: New challenges require new digital technologies

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for digital transformation across organizations of all stripes. If companies were not already well underway with their digital transformation before the pandemic, they almost certainly are now. Post-COVID, this transformation will only accelerate.

Around the world, the companies that are furthest along on their transformation journeys are better equipped to manage and emerge from this crisis. Those lagging have found themselves on a burning platform, with too much tech debt, dated software and outdated processes.

At some point, whether in several months or longer, offices will begin to reopen in earnest and technology will help with the return to the workplace. But even when offices do open back up, the traditional office and desktop workspace will become a pre-COVID artifact.

A major change will be the move to a distributed workforce and workplace, which will require multiple technologies and platforms connected by digital

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After backlash from tech industry, Northern California won’t require telecommuting

SAN FRANCISCO — The Bay Area has dropped a plan to require office workers to telecommute permanently, a sign that there are limits to how much people will want to work from home once the Covid-19 pandemic passes.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional planning body, voted Friday to walk back its plan to make working from home mandatory 60 percent of the time for office workers at large local employers such as Apple, Facebook and Google.

The idea would have made official one of the most radical changes to daily life brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, this time with the goal of limiting greenhouse gas emissions by slashing commutes by car or truck.

But the proposal sparked outrage, including from tech workers and their employers, who said they looked forward to returning to their offices one day. The proposal also hadn’t taken into

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737 MAX’s return to flight will require software upgrade campaign

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The first 737 MAX 8 plane undergoes final assembly at Boeing’s Renton plant in 2015. (Boeing Photo)

Two years after the catastrophic crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in Indonesia touched off an aviation crisis, the Federal Aviation Administration today laid out the path for hundreds of 737s to return to flight.

But that can’t happen immediately: It’ll take months for the FAA to review and approve the changes in pilot training procedures, and verify all the fixes that will be made. All 737 MAX planes have been grounded worldwide in the aftermath of a second crash that occurred in Ethiopia in March 2019.

The key fixes involve software rather than hardware — and that part of the job is more like installing a Windows update than installing an actuator.

Based on months of investigation, it was software that led to the fatal flaw in the jets that crashed.

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Good hardware features don’t require advanced technology, just clever designers

Hello again, friends. The Processor newsletter is back after a not-so-brief hiatus caused by the absolutely frenetic pace of hardware reviews this fall and a special run of Vergecast podcast episodes about those reviews. I’m really proud of those podcasts and if you haven’t caught them, I think it’s worth going back to give them a listen.

The big consumer tech news this week is Apple’s announcement that it will hold a ‘One More Thing’ event for November 10th. The going assumption — which I share — is that Apple will unveil the promised first Arm-based Apple silicon-powered Mac, mostly likely a laptop. In this very newsletter I’ve opined a few times on why this transition could be tricky and how Microsoft’s rougher ride in a similar transition could provide some lessons for Apple. Since the newsletter’s back, I’ll have more to say next week.

For today, I think I’d

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Post Pandemic, The 2020s Will Require A New Enterprise Tech Strategy

With shifting consumer and business behaviors likely to stick even post-Covid, it’s clear that most old style tech strategies are not up for the challenge. Which is why it’s time for a new “future fit” approach. 

If the rest of the decade is anything like 2020, tech leaders are in for quite the ride. With an overnight forced migration to all things digital and virtual, projects that previously took two years, were rolled out in two months. Or even two weeks.  

CIOs and their digital and business colleagues have been operating at a breakneck pace over the past months as organizations react to both a global pandemic – and the changes that came from consumers hunkering down, supply and demand disruptions, and workers going from zooming in to the office to Zooming in from their kitchen. 

Sure things will get back to “normal” in 2021 (or 2022…). But more uncertainly

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