Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 83 - Page 46

CIO OPINION
Despite calls from certain corners of the finance and banking sector to do so , many employees will continue to work from home periodically or permanently .
in solutions that continue this seamless connectivity . To that end , agnostic solutions like Barco ’ s ClickShare allow workers to connect and collaborate irrespective of meeting platform ( Webex by Cisco , Zoom , Microsoft Teams , etc .).
Additionally , the return to offices is unlikely to be instant or unanimous . Despite calls from certain corners of the finance and banking sector to do so , many employees will continue to work from home periodically or permanently . Therefore , companies should ensure that their meeting rooms are well equipped for hybrid meetings . ClickShare and similar solutions would require implementation alongside updated Audio- Visual equipment to make collaboration easier .
All-round security
While security is important in any industry , the highly sensitive and data-driven nature of financial work makes it critical for success . Early in the pandemic , hijacked conferencing platforms and cyberattacks by hackers / pranksters became a regular occurrence . With meetings likely to continue in a hybrid fashion , it is essential that any future tech invested in is secure . Particularly with agnostic solutions that connect the user ’ s laptop to meeting room equipment , there must be strong security considerations . For starters , the sector should prioritise investing in solutions that incorporate security directly into the product ’ s design .
Another key responsibility comes from within the company via the education of employees . Ensuring that workers are well aware of prevalent dangers and the necessary precautions to be taken when using a new device is paramount .
Like others , the financial sector is still learning to shape a future of work that accommodates its employees ’ needs and preferences . As the industry begins to embrace hybrid work , it creates plenty of opportunities to eliminate the inefficiencies of the pre-pandemic world , thereby reimagining everything from work technology to office spaces . p
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