IT Pro 20/20: Small businesses will lead the new normal

The seventh issue of IT Pro 20/20 looks at the pivotal role small businesses will play in a post-coronavirus world

Welcome to the seventh issue of IT Pro 20/20, our digital magazine that brings all of the previous month's most important tech issues into clear view.

Each month, we will shine a spotlight on the content that we feel every IT professional should be aware of, only in a condensed version that can be read on the go, at a time that suits you.

This time we're turning our attention to a part of the tech industry that has shown remarkable resilience during a time of upheaval. The small business and startups sectors have long been associated with innovation, agility, fresh talent, and, let's face it, quirkiness. The smaller you are, the easier it is to shake things up, whether that's in the way employees work or the markets that are targeted.

Yet, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many larger businesses to go back to basics. Restructuring is now common, and so too is mass remote work. Some business processes no longer work as well as they did, while others have ground to a halt entirely. In many ways, the larger firms have had to behave like startups in order to survive, taking cues about the prioritisation of agility above all else and abandoning longer-tail projects in favour of those that provide immediate value.

It's this idea of smaller businesses driving the new normal that's the theme for most of our articles this month, although it’s most prominent in our lead feature, which takes a look at the trends that are likely to define how we work over the next few years. Elsewhere, we've got some industry tips on how to begin building your SMB tech stack, a somewhat frank discussion on the hidden dangers of bringing staff back from furlough, and a look at whether it’s wise to launch a new business right now.

The next IT Pro 20/20 will be available on Friday 28 August. Previous issues can be found here.

We hope you enjoy reading this month's issue. If you would like to receive each issue in your inbox as they release, you can subscribe to our mailing list here.

Featured Resources

BCDR buyer's guide for MSPs

How to choose a business continuity and disaster recovery solution

Download now

The definitive guide to IT security

Protecting your MSP and your customers

Download now

Cost of a data breach report 2020

Find out what factors help mitigate breach costs

Download now

The complete guide to changing your phone system provider

Optimise your phone system for better business results

Download now

Recommended

What is digital transformation?
Business strategy

What is digital transformation?

1 Dec 2020
IT Pro 20/20: Understanding our complicated relationship with AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

IT Pro 20/20: Understanding our complicated relationship with AI

4 May 2021
Does your business need a digital twin?
digital transformation

Does your business need a digital twin?

30 Apr 2021
Seven steps to successful digital innovation and transformation
Whitepaper

Seven steps to successful digital innovation and transformation

30 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Dell patches vulnerability affecting hundreds of computer models worldwide
cyber security

Dell patches vulnerability affecting hundreds of computer models worldwide

5 May 2021
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

29 Apr 2021
How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

30 Apr 2021