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Webinar Recording - 3 way discussion with Autodesk and Parkhill on how to do VDI in the AEC and Manufacturing Industries

Webinar Recording - 3 way discussion with Autodesk and Parkhill on how to do VDI in the AEC and Manufacturing Industries

On the webinar, IMSCAD Cloud CEO Adam Jull was joined by Scott Baker, Automation and Licensing Engineer at Autodesk and Shane Danley, AIA Director of Design Technology at Parkhill a multi-disciplined engineering firm based in Texas where they discuss all the key ingredients that go into a successful VDI solution in the AEC and Manufacturing Industries.

Download the webinar now to hear Adam interview Scott, where they discussed, amongst other things, Autodesk's position on VDI in the cloud and Shane, where they discussed how Parkhill's successful VDI solution has helped them through the pandemic and how it will continue to deliver, supporting over 400 engineers working from home and remotely.

 

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Webinar Recording - How to Implement a Secure & Seamless Remote Work Strategy

Webinar Recording - How to Implement a Secure & Seamless Remote Work Strategy

Download the webinar to hear Michael Ohayon (President, Webair) and Adam Jull (Founder & CEO, IMSCAD Cloud) as they team up to discuss the following:

The past, present, and future of remote work

How procuring a hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution can provide a secure, efficient, and cost-effective option to deploy your remote workforce strategy.

The operational and cost advantages of utilizing a virtual desktop solution over purchasing or maintaining equipment.

How Webair and IMSCAD Cloud work in tandem to offer customized remote work solutions.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work quickly became the new global norm. We now see the light at the end of the tunnel, with regard to the pandemic, it is evident that remote work is here to stay.

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Does anybody really want to return to the office full time after Covid?

 There is often a distinction between senior business leaders and employees, employees who are happy to have done away with their time-consuming commute who are able to spend more time with their families and are relishing the flexibility, but most importantly, both they and their employers are reaping the productivity gains of them working from home. Many business leaders do not share this appetite for continued remote working, and the stigma of “Shirking from Home” remains. They are often swayed by outdated anecdotes of home working being distracting as well as stopping collaboration and group activity. As a result, employers are not confident that remote workers are being properly managed. If young children are at home that perception is multiplied many times.  

As businesses discuss how and if they re-open their offices, we already know that some will not be, there are going to be ongoing discussions about when and how employees return to the office safely. What happens if your team wants to continue to work from home, but the business leaders want everyone to start being in the office full time again? There needs to be a demonstration that remote work is beneficial to the company, not just to individuals, a demonstration that teams are engaged no matter where they are located.

Recent research shows that remote work results in increased productivity, decreased real estate costs, happier and more engaged employees, greater business continuity during emergencies, a smaller environmental footprint, and access to a larger and more diversified talent pool.

The “return” to the office will be anything but a return to normality. So many of us have been forced into working from home due to the Covid 19 Pandemic and the subsequent rules and we have changed the way we work, embracing this change wholeheartedly. New skills in how to not only work remotely but also excel when working remotely have been developed, with new ways of connecting with colleagues and clients. Importantly and this is the crux of it, the lesson has been learned. Working from home, is efficient & productive.

In a FlexJobs survey of approximately 4,000 people who have been working remotely during the pandemic, 95 percent said their productivity was higher than or the same as before the pandemic.

Many companies have already decided they do not need or want workers to return. BP, Aviva, Facebook, Mastercard, and Twitter are among some those that have committed to remote work for the long term.

According to a global survey carried out by PwC, nearly 80 percent of CEOs have expressed that, in the future, they expect to have a distributed remote workforce, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and that they think remote work is “here to stay.”

Most of us will be returning to the “office” in some form, for a few, it may well be full time and I am sure some others will never go back. For the majority, a hybrid-work model, where time is split between home and the office will be the model of choice. Business leaders who take a careful, thoughtful approach can craft a viable and sustainable remote-work program, including formulating new policies and investing in new technologies that fit their company’s needs for the long term. Remote work is not just about working from home, remote work is being able to work from anywhere.  

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Is appointing a “Head of Remote Work” essential, to navigate a post COVID world?

Now is the time for industry leaders to take the necessary action to accommodate the next normal for their workforce, the question is, will that include appointing someone as Head of Remote Work?

This role has grown across companies in all industry verticals over the last year, with rapid growth over the first couple of months of 2021. The position will need to combine IT, HR and Real Estate expertise to ensure that, what is now a widely distributed workforce, can work productively whilst working remotely.

This new role could well prove essential to companies, with no certainty as to when employees will be allowed to return to the office in the same way as they did pre-COVID, if in fact, that will happen at all. A Head of Remote Work will be tasked with creating a cohesive remote culture. This will include:

  • Providing a robust remote work technology solution for all employees, giving employees, the tools they need, to remain productive working remotely, is essential to successful remote working.
  • Implementing the correct HR policies, remote recruitment for example. According to LinkedIn, 70% of recruiting professionals say virtual recruiting will become the standard.
  • Reimagining the role of the office, create workspaces specifically designed to support the kinds of interactions that cannot happen remotely. Potentially reducing office footprint, with employees working remotely, is there a need for the same office space?

Despite the coronavirus vaccination programme and lockdown restrictions, workers in five European countries including the UK now expect to work from home until June instead of April, according to research carried out by the AlphaWise unit at the US bank Morgan Stanley.

Will every company appoint a Head of Remote Work? In short, no, I doubt it. But, the IT, HR and Real Estate heads, will need to work closely to achieve the same results. Even for those companies that do appoint a Head of Remote Work, if this specific role is not around in the long term, companies will still need well planned strategies and policies in place, to facilitate successful remote working for all employees.

Having a head of remote work, is not necessarily essential but it will most certainly be of a major benefit and I am sure large numbers of businesses will continue to appoint them. If you do not, ensuring there is joined up planning between the IT, HR and Real Estate teams, is essential to ensure remote working is a success for your business.

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Webinar Recording - VDI – The Ideal Remote-Work solution for AEC firms

Webinar Recording - VDI – The Ideal Remote-Work solution for AEC firms

In this webinar, IMSCAD show you why VDI is the ideal solution for successful remote-working for your business.

Providing employees with the right tools, will not only ensure productivity, it will make sure firms can retain and attract top talent. 

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Desktop Disaster Recovery solutions for AEC firms from IMSCAD Cloud

What if you lose your on-premise environment in the event of a disaster, whether that be human error, an operational failure, natural disaster or even a pandemic! Don’t risk any downtime impacting negatively on staff productivity, projects not getting finished or your brand being tarnished. IMSCAD Cloud’s and IMSCAD Global’s years of experience deploying cloud and on-premise virtualisation solutions for AEC firms, means we understand what it takes to provide DR desktops that perform for Autodesk users.

The days of having an expensive offsite replication on physical hardware are gone. By having a “pilot light” environment, in the cloud, you can keep Capex, (Capital Expenditure) to a minimum. Cloud providers offer a favorable pay as you go option for hosting Virtual desktops, meaning the only recurring expenditure, is for the infrastructure and storage, this includes the virtual machine base templates.  

Once built, the infrastructure remains always on, the desktops sit dormant, ready to burst and scale as required in the event of an outage. IMSCAD Cloud build and maintain the infrastructure in the cloud, exclusively, for you the customer and provide yearly DR scenario tests, meaning you can sign the solution off as fully functioning for complete peace of mind.  Billing for the infrastructure will be on a monthly basis, until such time as the Disaster Recovery solution is invoked. At this time, you will be billed on a pay as you go basis for the desktops. IMSCAD Cloud can provide as many graphical and non-graphical desktops as needed. In the event of a disaster, we endeavor to make these desktops available within hours, we do however, guarantee, full functionality of the solution within 2 working days.

Once desktop failback has completed, all running instances except for that of the infrastructure will be turned off and deallocated to avoid any unnecessary costs whilst returning the environment to it’s always on base infrastructure.

If you would like more information and help identifying the right Disaster Recovery Solution for your business, contact us at info@imscadcloud.com or follow the link below.

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