On Reopening ..

.. Let’s just not reopen, let’s move ahead:

  • We have learned much about Telecommuting, Remote Education and Telemedicine .. let’s learn more. I’m sure there are a few symposiums in the future for these groups.
  • We’ve also learned about traffic patterns .. do all these streets need to be reopened? Especially those around parks? Let’s have a look.
  • Our digital infrastructure performed well enough for my company’s ~2,200 global staff .. but did it for everyone else? Where does this need to be upgraded? The responsibility for this will likely fall into the hands of forward-thinking corporate sponsors.

Right now, let’s learn from this. We must “Apply the Lessons of History” and make the new present the roadmap to move forward.

What’s possible? Well, if we think through it:

  • Companies can spend less on office space.
  • Workers will spend less on gas.
  • Everyone gets their commute time back.

Sounds good .. But:

  • Offices can re-think workspaces, manage meeting rooms and traffic patterns. Might be easier if part of their workforce remains in WFH mode.
  • Commercial buildings must consider public spaces, elevators, traffic patterns from the car park to the buildings. Easy to put tape on the floor, but how to ensure compliance?
  • Restaurants need to manage profitability at 25-50% of capacity .. easier with outdoor seating, but what changes can they consider for inside? More open-air? Better ventilation / filtration?
  • Schools can separate desks and manage traffic patterns, but reducing schools to 40-50% of capacity potentially means split shifts, more teachers, automated curriculum, a combination of in-person and remote education, and many more considerations.

Just some thoughts, fueled by the push to re-open, regardless of the risks that still exist in some areas.

Again, the variable in the equation is us. I call this out in “Follow the Data .. Not the Date ..“. If we find ourselves returning to these shared spaces we must ensure we take all the precautions available to us and modify our behavior accordingly .. not only to protect us, but to protect everyone else.

Respect the Mask .. it’s important.

Be smart. Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay home when you can. Be careful when you’re not.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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