Distributed working in times of Corona - a few thoughts

by Carlos
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Distributed working in times of Corona - a few thoughts

Advertisement - Corona has influenced the working world in many areas. Be it through additional hygiene measures or through the decoupling of work place and work performance. Many people who work in a profession that can be done mostly from a computer now work in their home office. I am one of them myself. You read a lot in the media about overload and stress in the home office, mainly because of the extra workload and forced childcare. I guess I am one of the lucky ones: The children are big enough to organize themselves, an even better equipped computer workstation than in the office, a quiet room: what more could you want?

But one thing had to be improved during the Corona period. And it's really a shame that something like this hasn't been at a high level for decades: flawless communication via audio and video and, above all, their integration into existing systems.

In the corporate sector, various solutions are used to ensure that communication and distributed work are carried out smoothly. Most of the solutions have matured over the years and are very easy to use. But in many areas there is still the problem of communicating with systems that are not part of the in-house solution. Sure, an e-mail can always be used, as the lowest common denominator, so to speak. But when it comes to combining different video/audio tools with each other, it becomes quite difficult. But already the in-house software does not always work together so seamlessly, especially if they come from different manufacturers.

Here, different providers jump into the breach and make sure that the gap is closed. For example, it is currently not possible to connect Microsoft teams with Lotus Notes using standard tools. Both are widely used software solutions that have set standards with their range of functions. So if you want to use the groupware together with a modern video conferencing software, you have to do this separately in both systems and achieve this by laborious copying or similar.

This costs a lot of time and therefore money. Above all, errors and friction losses creep in through the break between the two systems.

It is better to use a software that makes it possible to unite two worlds, ideally even the most common providers of video conferencing solutions. For example, the provider of "Notes 2 Conf" (also known as N2C) not only succeeded in starting a WebEx meeting from HCL Notes, but also in integrating other providers such as Zoom or Go2Meeting into the HCL Notes calendar.

This greatly simplifies work with increased communication, especially when there is a high level of customer contact or need to communicate with colleagues.