Dr. Strangenet—or, how I stopped worrying and embraced the WFH IT apocalypse

We all work from home now. We are the cloud.

Enlarge / We all work from home now. We are the cloud. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images)

We are now a solid two quarters into our new work-from-home bizarro world. Many companies found themselves in a bit of a pickle as workforces went from occasional or limited to everyone all-the-time, throwing up whatever they could provision to allow for remote access and continued productivity (or at least some semblance of it).

We’re well past the emergency stage, folks. For many of us, this will be ongoing and potentially permanent. And the way we do business will have to change—including how we structure our IT operations.

Who is your daddy, and what does his computer do?

This became extremely clear to me after a conversation with a friend, a line-of-business lead who has been working from home for the past few months. His company was semi-ready for remote work, having moved many employees over to Windows Terminal for desktops a while back. But he personally hadn’t transitioned, because much of his work involved a database running on his corporate desktop—on Microsoft Access.

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