“If we’d got this in place before COVID, we’d still be in production,” so said a Program Director for an organization that had been working hard to implement a mixed reality remote worker support solution prior to the current crisis. A mixture of both frustration and optimism in his voice.
This was not simply 20/20 hindsight.
He was understandably frustrated that he had not been able to implement the original plan in time and contribute to the resilience of the organization.
He was also optimistic, as he could see the unrealized potential and a rapid path to recovery. The ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond, and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper defines its resilience.
For many organizations, the current crisis – caused by the spread of COVID-19 – is creating disruption on a level not seen in generations, placing their collective resilience under significant stress.
The full political, social, and economic effects of COVID-19 will continue to emerge over the months, but at the business level, it’s clear. The impact that travel restrictions, social distancing, and the need for mass remote working are challenging the ability of organizations to sustain day-to-day operations and protect their people.
Based on a quick review of our clients, across a range of sectors (Aerospace and Defence, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Mining, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Healthcare), we’re seeing the impact of the current crisis. Those organizations that have already underpinned their operations with more agile ways of working, leveraging digital technologies, and building a culture of innovation have both an enduring resilience, as well as a potential springboard to recovery.
We’re fortunate to have clients who had the foresight to adopt remote worker support technology into their everyday working practices, and in doing so enhance their resilience and recovery capability. I’ll refer to one of them to emphasize the point.
Rogers Electric & Machine is an electric motor (among other equipment) sales and service company with facilities in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador serving clients in Oil and Gas, Mining, and other industries. Many client sites are in remote locations. Rogers integrated secure, low bandwidth remote worker support technology into their service processes, originally, to reduce response times and client equipment downtime.
The return under normal operations was already being realized: enhanced quality of client support and rapid response, increased expert availability, and reduced travel costs. Under COVID-19 restrictions, particularly social distancing, this has also provided the capability to continue supporting their clients’ essential services and operations, while protecting both their own staff and their clients’ staff through:
We’ve curated exactly how our client Roger’s Electric & Machine is using RemoteSpark to sustain their operations safely in this current situation.
In a general sense, before COVID-19, daily disruptions to field service support were often caused by weather, visa delays, the availability and cost of travel to a client’s locations, even civil or political unrest. All remain extant, but COVID-19 is going to reshape the way we do business. And as digital networks become more robust, we will continue to identify and provide technological solutions to keep operations flowing and our people safe.
The current crisis will eventually pass. As organizations adapt their plans and chart the pathway to recovery, we already have the tools to help them bolster that recovery, and their future resilience, as more disruption is undoubtedly coming. At Kognitiv Spark, we are very proud that our remote worker support software, RemoteSpark, is helping our clients and partners maintain essential business services and support their operations.
We’ll be exploring this topic in-depth on April 22, 2020, at 11 a.m. ADT with our partner, the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association. This webinar is free to attend and will explore how Mixed Reality remote worker support contributes to business continuity and resiliency.