In March, 2020, a Right Networks blog post noted the coming impact of COVID-19 coronavirus, citing disruptions in daily life that seemed shocking at the time:
“The entire nation of Italy is essentially on lockdown, as is New Rochelle, New York, a suburb of New York City. France has banned visitors from retirement homes and rehabilitation hospitals. Google has joined a list of large companies in asking all North American employees to work at home. The NBA, following a player’s positive test, has suspended games altogether.”
Since then, the situation has become much worse. Nobody knows how it’s going to end or when it will get better as news about the pandemic changes day-by-day, minute-by-minute.
With that in mind, here is a message for small businesses that bears repeating.
In CPA Practice Advisor, Roman Kepczyk, director of firm technology strategy at Right Networks, outlined in February the steps accounting firms can take to prepare for the fallout of coronavirus.
His advice still resonates for small businesses of all kinds:
Providing employees access to cloud-based accounting and business applications, freeing them from the now-cut tether to the office, could still save many small businesses. Moreover, it’ll reassure employees that their company is doing everything it can to provide an atmosphere in which they can be productive during a lockdown and in which the team can come together to keep the business going, even growing, during a time of crisis.
Coronavirus has created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty around the world without the promise of a cutoff date. Moving critical business applications to the cloud can help restore certainty and keep employees engaged and productive.
Preparation is always preferable to regret. Coronavirus and the panic surrounding it draws into clear focus the advantages, even the necessity, of moving applications into the cloud.
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