Yesterday I saw a fantastic tweet from the World Economic Forum featuring an army of 60 robots in a logistics business who were doing 70% of the work.
And although robots aren't anything new in business, their pervasiveness into that particular workplace was striking to say the least. However, what also struck me was the vulnerability of that business to being shut down completely if there was an IT failure.
If Bob, Joe or Sally have a sick bug in a human-based business, it can continue to operate. In a business with mostly robots, unless you have IT resilience your production can be potentially shutdown in its entirety if you suffer an IT disruption. I know that's a statement of the obvious but when you see the leading edge of business operations it brings the need for resilient IT and workplace environments starkly into focus.
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Clearly there is a need for businesses to pay closer attention to the environment in which they house their employees and hardware and not just put all their efforts into ensuring a robust and secure virtual infrastructure.