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Moving
upstream
This emergency also
intensified our other
challenges. Our industry's
genesis was manufacturing
other customers' products.
Companies looked to us to
make their product more
efficiently and manage the
processes of their product
demand and supply so
they could focus on their
core competencies. Now
that technology is so
pervasive, however, it's not so easy
to outsource products as it used to
be. With the implementation of 5G
and IOT, huge amounts of technology
are being put into every product;
whether it's automobiles or your home
thermostat, every device has another
level of technology, another level of
interconnectivity, and the complexities
of all those connections continue to
expand.
Being in IT in 2020 was a little
like fighting those fires in the
Rockies: you have to make
decisions in light of rapidly
evolving circumstances and
incomplete information, and
then try to apply technology to
mitigate the damage.
As a result, many of our clients are
looking for a service partner that can
also help them further upstream. They
want our advice on many different
issues - for example, how to design a
better product, get their product to
market faster, design test processes to
make sure they are selling only highquality
products, avoid being hurt by
geopolitical instability, and reduce their
supply chain risks.
Internally, too, things have changed
a lot this year. At least two-thirds of
Benchmark's corporate IT employees
work remotely now, the reverse of the
situation pre-pandemic, and I don't
think we will ever fully go back. For
some people, this will be great - they
will be able to sit at home in their shorts
and do their job. Others will miss the
camaraderie of being in a physical
location with people. But I know for IT,
it has turned out to be more productive
for all of us to be working digitally.
The remote working life hasn't been an
entirely easy adjustment for most of
us. It's sometimes hard to tell when it's
Friday and when it's Saturday, and when
the shift starts and when the shift ends.
You can always sit there and think, I'll
clear my email and messages out, even
if it's 9:30 on a Saturday night, because
you feel like it's a good time to do it.
Not surprisingly, if they put in hours
like this over a long period, people
get fatigued. They lose some of their
passion because work becomes a grind.
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