In January 2020, multiple CEOs believed that innovative physical stores had the upper hand again¹. No forecasting team could predict this year’s needs. More than ever before, businesses must pivot. To thrive, or even survive in this uncertain marketplace, businesses of all sizes need flexibility and adaptability. Large retailers, including Walmart, have had to accommodate rapidly shifting demands from rice to puzzles to hair products, and everything in between. Adapting to changing needs requires a high degree of supply chain flexibility. In addition to supply chain modifications, companies must comply with changing safety regulations and staffing advisories.
To accomplish these goals, companies must optimize and expand work-from-home capabilities. Many on-premise systems cannot support a significant transition of in-office to remotely-working staff. Workday Inc. CEO Aneel Bhusri said, “I’ve talked to lots of CIOs, who said, you know I wish I had everything in the cloud right now. I am struggling with my on-premise, both because of the labor required and people required to be on-site and because those systems are really not very agile or flexible”².
Clear, effective communication could have improved each event’s outcome that has impacted us this year, both across the United States and internationally. We need to better prepare for what happens next. Together, BlockApps and Jitterbit provide quick, efficient solutions and implementations to add flexibility and pivotability to current business systems.