IDG recently sat down with Paul Lewis, Global CTO at Hitachi Vantara, and Jason Carolan, Chief Innovation Officer for Flexential, to discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in leading in IT during times of instability.\nQ: What are the issues IT leaders face in the new normal?\nLewis: You see four big considerations. First, now that I\u2019ve gone from tens of people to 10,000 people working at home, how do I deal with things like communicating with each other and creativity when there\u2019s no whiteboard and sticky notes? The second is resiliency versus capacity. How do I think about working at home differently than working in the office? The third is cybersecurity. The bad guys have extra time, and they can find ways to engineer their ways into our technology. Finally is the digital pivot. All organizations have been striving to make a digital change to compete with digital natives, and they've created new customer experiences or new business models. They've had to pivot dramatically.\nQ: Tell us more about cybersecurity concerns during the pandemic.\nCarolan: Unfortunately, ransomware seems to be up, and phishing emails, especially around stimulus payments. We provide instant response for our customers for security issues, and it\u2019s been a hot service lately because of ransomware issues. It\u2019s tough to watch companies that are struggling, especially in the travel industry, and then to have ransomware issues on top of that. Not only will COVID put some companies out of business, but some of these other activities will as well.\nLewis: There\u2019s a whole swath of people who weren't used to these potential problems, and therefore might not be patching their operating systems enough or securing their Wi-Fi. I\u2019m more likely to trust a bad guy who calls me on my home phone than a bad guy who calls me on my office phone.\nQ: What initiatives are you focused on right now?\nCarolan: Our larger initiatives are generally facility-related. So, building out data center capacity. Those have stayed on track because they\u2019re longer-term. From an internal IT project perspective, we\u2019ve spent more time thinking about our customers\u2019 digital experience, how they consume data during this timeframe, plus our employee experience. Data access has to be a lot easier, a lot more robust. It\u2019s all about connectivity, ultimately.\nQ: What are some positive developments you\u2019ve noticed? \nCarolan: Some early survey data seemed to indicate that the Internet of Things (IoT) took a backseat. But I've seen IoT projects really accelerate because of the remote nature of data access and delivery and analysis and not having to put workers at risk to go get that information.\nQ: What do think the future of work looks like for IT?\nLewis: Virtual will be the default versus the physical. Physical becomes meeting space instead of working space, and then all that extra money can go into IT. Agile IT also becomes the only IT. We're not going to go back to a six months\u2019 timeframe for projects and $1 million. We're going to stay at three weeks and $100,000.\nFor more information on this topic, visit \u201cLeading IT in a Pandemic: The New Normal\u201d\nFor more information on Hitachi Vantara, visit\u00a0Hitachi Vantara.com\n______________________________________________________________________\nAbout Paul Lewis\n\nAs Global CTO at Hitachi Vantara, Paul Lewis is responsible for the leading technology evangelism, client executive advocacy, and external delivery of the Hitachi vision and strategy, especially related to digital transformation and social innovation.\n\u00a0\nAbout Jason Carolan\n\nJason Carolan is Chief Innovation Officer for Flexential where he leads a team focused on defining, assessing, and providing direction on the changing technology landscape of Flexential\u2019s business and customers.