Last year marked the beginning of an unparalleled shift in the way we experience our day-to-day, including how we experience work. Across every industry, the COVID-19 pandemic threw many people and businesses into a mad dash as they scrambled to set up hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of employees to work from home or enact safer avenues for service delivery. At the time, most businesses were just concerned with making sure employees were safe and could do their jobs (more or less).
But now, in 2021, many have hit a groove, which means they can start thinking about how to carry these adjustments forward into the future — whether that entails shifting their business model to be “remote first,” adjusting their teams to a hybrid work model, or improving outdated legacy systems that hinder workflow. And no business is more cognizant of these challenges than Maven Wave.
With that in mind, we geared our content for 2021 to help enterprises look ahead and adjust their current approach to business, thus helping them remain competitive in an unpredictable job market and keeping them at the forefront of their industries. Here’s the recap:
Looking Towards the Future of Work
Last but not least, we round out our 2021 content recap by looking forward to the future, from anticipating the wants and needs of the incoming workforce and attracting top talent (like we discuss in “3 Top 2021 Tech Hiring & Recruiting Trends: What Do Candidates Want?”) to preparing your existing team for permanent remote or hybrid work (which we cover in “Top 3 Benefits of a Chrome Enterprise Hybrid Work Model”).
To kick off this theme, we released the whitepaper “5 Ways to Accelerate Your Journey to the Future of Work”, which provided insight into the needs of the workforce of the future as well as strategies for transforming your business into a truly competitive employer for years to come. To accompany this piece, our blog post “Assessing Your Collaboration Tools: 5 Top Future of Work Considerations” covered specific tools to help your business evolve. Furthermore, our article titled “The Evolution of Change Management: From the Pandemic Into The Future of Work” discusses how change management has, well, changed in response to the pandemic.
Strategizing on Cloud Migration
In keeping with our 2021 theme of reinventing the workplace, we explored the topic of cloud migration in the article ”What is Cloud Migration?” as well as our whitepaper “At the Intersection of Culture and Cloud: How to Drive a Successful Cloud Adoption.” We further discussed the importance of having a cloud-ready culture in your organization in our post titled 3 “Tips to Inspire Lasting Culture Change.”
At the height of the pandemic, CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems, migrated 165,000 employees across 1,000 sites in 21 different states to Google Workspace, making it the largest Google Workspace migration by a healthcare company to date. We discussed the impact of cloud migration on healthcare and shined a spotlight on this noteworthy example in the post “Top 4 Takeaways from CommonSpirit Health’s Google Workspace Migration.”
Next, during our three-part webinar series “Mythbusters: 3 Common Cloud Adoption Myths,” leaders from Maven Wave dispelled common myths about moving to the cloud, including cost, culture, and the impact it has on containerized applications. Our cloud experts also delved into navigating hurdles during cloud migration in our on-demand webinar “4 Steps to Overcoming Cloud Migration Challenges.”
Modernizing Data Science & Data Analytics
According to a survey from ESIThoughtLab, two out of three business leaders see AI as critically important for their future. However, only 25% of AI projects are in widespread deployment and 40% of all projects are generating zero (or negative) returns. For machine learning (ML) and AI to reach their true potential, businesses must address several fundamental factors that potentially hold their modernization efforts back, which is exactly what our white paper “The Inevitability of Data Science Modernization During the Machine Learning and AI Revolution” sought to explain.
To support this effort, we also discussed the various challenges of legacy systems in ”The Case for Data Science Modernization: 6 Shortcomings of Legacy Solutions” and as well as data science modernization itself in the post “4 Top Challenges to Implementing Data Science Modernization.”
On the data analytics side, our white paper “SAS Modernization to Google Cloud Made Easy: Transform Your Data Analytics” explained how business leaders can gain more insight into their operations (and customer base) than ever with the right data analytics solution. Furthermore, our webinar series “Navigating the Cloud Data Journey: From Initial Set-Up to Advanced Analytics” walked the audience through the entire cloud data journey, which we further explored in the post Breaking Down the Cloud Data Journey: From Initial Set-Up to Advanced Analytics.
Finally, we connected the dots between data science versus data analytics in our post “The Five W’s of Spatial Data Science and Spatial Data Analytics.”
Preparing Healthcare Organizations for Interoperability & Data Harmonization
2021 was truly another year for the books when it came to healthcare and life sciences: the pandemic has truly emphasized the need for modernization and interoperability in healthcare organizations and hospitals. Meanwhile, the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule has turned clinical data repositories (CDRs) from a “nice to have” goal to a “must-have” on the to-do list.
Hospital systems and payers have a target pushing them to move more quickly toward that goal, and CDRs are the underpinning of how healthcare organizations will meet this interoperability regulation. In our whitepaper “Data Harmonization and Interoperability in Healthcare: Next Steps Facing Hospitals, Providers and Payers,” we discuss we providers and hospital decision-makers need to know about the final rule as well as how to prepare for its changes.
We also hosted two webinars to dig into this topic a little more: Our webinar “Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule 101” further delves into these requirements while our other webinar “Healthcare and Life Sciences: Redefining Collaboration Across the Continuum of Care” provides the audience with solutions to address interoperability challenges.
Transforming Financial Services
Some may argue the term “digital transformation” has been overused as of late, effectively rendering the term meaningless. But the fact is that digital transformation was more relevant in 2021 than ever, and it shows no signs of stopping — especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This simple fact is no less true in the case of financial service, which is a topic we sought to explore in our white paper “Is Digital Transformation in Financial Services Dead?”
To back up our position on this topic, the article “Digital Transformation Trends in Financial Services: What to Look for in 2021” dove into the potential long-term impacts of the pandemic on financial services and how digital transformation is key to longevity. We also dug into the potential pitfalls of digital transformation in financial services (and how to navigate ‘em) in our article “4 Stumbling Blocks on the Road to Digital Transformation for Financial Services.”
2021 was another year for the books — and things show no sign of slowing down. So, as we ring in the new year, we here at Maven Wave will be thinking of all the ways we can arm your business with the content (and the tools) you need to make 2022 a success. To stay up-to-date with the latest, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on LinkedIn.
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