Microsoft has a team of 120,000 people, Google relies on a team of 72,000 employees, Yahoo has 8,500 and Netflix has 3,500 team members scattered around the world.
The power of the internet has allowed for these massive teams to work closely together from virtually anywhere with a stable internet connection. For recruiters and bean counters, this is great news – cheaper and/or more talented workers can be sourced from a much larger pool of talent.
For CIOs, the list of challenges is endless, including:
- Maintaining a secure, reliable data connection for teams working in remote areas.
- The bring your own device (BYOD) culture that requires cross-platform applications to run on potentially compromised devices.
- Creating and supporting technology that keeping leadership, management and front-line personnel in sync; time zones on-demand schedules, infrastructure challenges and language barriers have to be thoughtfully navigated.
Thankfully, technology is aggressively evolving to address these issues.