Intelligent Data Centres Issue 40 - Page 67

COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS DEMONSTRATED TO EMPLOYEES AND COMPANIES THAT ‘ ONE- SIZE-FITS-ALL ’ OFFICE POLICIES AREN ’ T NECESSARILY THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO RUN A BUSINESS .
DEEP DIVE products that help our customers more effectively disaggregate their storage in the data centre . We believe that the data centre is at one of those points where people are starting to radically re-imagine what the ‘ right ’ deployment strategies are . NVMe storage , presuming we can overcome some of the scalability and management challenges that stand in the way today , will provide exponential performance improvements for applications . Disaggregation will also change the economics of the data centre . They ’ ll be able to invest and upgrade at a much more granular level than they ’ ve been able to achieve in the past .
What are the region-specific challenges you encounter in your role ?
Component supply challenges are certainly a big thing for us and affect our ability to support our customers globally . Our supply chain management team has been great in keeping us ahead of things and we ’ ve been able to consistently support the demand for our products . We ’ ve even picked up business because we have the inventory that people are looking for . The war in Ukraine has certainly impacted demand in Europe – it ’ s also starting to drive up transportation costs everywhere as our shippers factor additional fuel costs into things . Also , the rolling lockdowns in China continue to impact component availability for us .
Really , there are few region-specific challenges that we are facing right now – everything is global in scope and the interdependencies are on full display . That ’ s what we are trying to navigate successfully . I ’ ve never seen it this challenging in my career .

COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS DEMONSTRATED TO EMPLOYEES AND COMPANIES THAT ‘ ONE- SIZE-FITS-ALL ’ OFFICE POLICIES AREN ’ T NECESSARILY THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO RUN A BUSINESS .

What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the coming months ?
I ’ m spending as much time working on employee retention and satisfaction as I am on product development and product roadmap issues . COVID-19 lockdowns demonstrated to employees and companies that ‘ one-size-fits-all ’ office policies aren ’ t necessarily the most effective ways to run a business . My team performed well and liked the freedom and flexibility of working outside the office . At the same time , we recognised that there was definitely something lacking with seeing each other on the screen instead of in person . Collaboration was tougher and difficult conversations were less effective remotely . There ’ s no way to put that genie back in the bottle , so the challenge now is to figure out how to recruit and retain the best talent by creating a new work environment that allows them to be happy as well as effective . If we can find that perfect combination , the ‘ business ’ issues will take care of themselves . This is all a huge change from where we were two years ago . � www . intelligentdatacentres . com
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