In a recent article on The Verge, Microsoft is cited as stating that the coronavirus will change how we work and learn forever. We wouldn’t disagree. Social-distancing strategies have accelerated an already-growing trend, and we don’t know when these practices might end.
Whether offering standard e-gov and e-services for citizenry, or scaling up to ensure maximum uptime and up-to-date information in crisis or disaster situations, every level of the public sector needs to be trusted by citizens to be dependable sources of information regardless of circumstance. As a result, public sector IT and devops departments have particularly challenging roles in keeping sites available, up-to-date and secure, 24 hours, seven days a week.
Grocery and food delivery was already a fast-growing sector, with a predicted CAGR of almost 25% by 2022, but it has boomed during the unpredictable Covid-19 crisis, as shoppers are stuck at home but still need to eat. During the week of March 2, 2020, even before stricter social isolation guidelines came into force in the US, Instacart, Walmart and Amazon saw at least a 65% sales increase from last year. The same trends were evident for food delivery apps, such as DoorDash, Uber Eats and Postmates.
In the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, many things have changed - suddenly. We have seen unprecedented disruption to business, and daily life change in unpredictable, and tragic, ways for most of the world’s population. While the consequences of the virus continue to unfold, their far-reaching effects are undeniable.