Corona remains ubiquitous. Since May 2020, 7.3 million people have been on short-time work and more than 40,000 new unemployed have been registered as GDP has fallen by 2.2%. Especially in times of lockdown, 25% of German employees were in the home office. As already noted in my new book “Virtual Teams and HomeOffice“, this number has already fallen rapidly. In the meantime, only 10% of German workers and people return to the offices under conditions. The declining stress of families from homeschooling has also decreased significantly. So what is the situation in the IT industry after the lockdown? I would like to report from my experience.

Return to the office

Since Corona, the return to the office begins. Large companies offer to return to the office between 2 days and full-time. However, companies such as Siemens in particular want to continue to maintain home office as part of the form of work after Corona. This was also stated in my doctoral thesis. However, I would have liked the cause to be the mindset of managers and not a bad virus pandemic.

It is also pleasing that we have cautious first business trips again and I was also able to give 2 lectures at company-internal events via my blog and I was also able to defend my doctoral thesis on site in May. So is it going to start again?

First business trips and lectures are again possible under conditions

Sales of many IT companies were stable

Of course, most of the major IT contracts that were negotiated before Corona were not lost. They were only postponed. I notice that we are now resuscitating almost all orders from March.

Furthermore, it was shown that test products such as a cheap cloud to test for 10 euros made almost no more revenue. While companies before Corona wanted to test many new technologies, there was now no going back: Large cloud projects had to be tackled! It was no longer tested, but it was launched directly with the cloud for the entire enterprise. As I said, we must act in the crisis and not wait!

IT cloud products in particular are currently soaring. Let’s look at the share price of zoom (video solution). Since March, there has been a 150% increase and Microsoft has also made a decent increase with Office365. We have also hired new employees at my company since June and are still looking for them.

Conclusion

I think that the IT industry has only fallen in a short shock and that cloud service providers in particular have weathered the crisis in a stable way. It has hit consulting companies harder, which provide third-party services to the customer on site and have no products. I think it comes as it has also been researched in my doctoral thesis: Stable and secure cloud products with a combination of consulting enable companies to achieve maximum agility both internally and externally, even in the event of a crisis. We must therefore solve today’s problems with tomorrow’s methods and make the right decisions.

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I blog about the impact of digitalization on our working environment. For this purpose, I present content from science in a practical way and show helpful tips from my everyday work. I am a manager in an SME myself and I wrote my doctoral thesis at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at the chair of IT Management.

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