Willie J. Anderson II is Senior Vice President for Distributed Infrastructure Services at Black Knight, a financial services firm focused on the real estate industry. Anderson is no stranger to change management after 30 years in IT. Yet, he, like millions of others, had never seen the kind of upheaval caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Even so, he and his team of 200 successfully met the challenge of supporting a stay-at-home workforce while working at home themselves. Here he talks about how they did it and why people and process are more important than technology for managing change.\nHow did you and your team\u2019s day-to-day operations change as a result of working at home?\nThis change didn\u2019t hurt us that much, quite frankly. I initiated the stay-at-home order with my team via text. The reason that it sounds so uneventful is we perform thousands of changes to our software a month, including adding new functionality as well as security and maintenance updates. Those changes we execute during the weekend hours. So we have a crew that\u2019s been doing quite a bit of critical work from home for quite a few years.\nWas such a shift part of your disaster planning?\nWe have robust business continuity plans and annually test for pandemics; while we were prepared for it, we never imagined the severity and length of the impact of COVID. Thankfully, we were able to successfully convert our entire workforce to WFH within two weeks. During WFH, we have successfully implemented our largest client on our servicing platform, completed a $1.8 billion acquisition, and implemented a new collaboration tool.\nWhat were the major challenges you faced?\nThe real challenges have been psychological. You have folks who just loved being in the office. There was nothing in their home that prepared them psychologically for extended work from home. So we learned not to overly focus on trying to achieve the result of getting people working from home. We needed to balance that with the process and the relationships. Especially now, I tend to spend more time on the people and the process than I do on the technology. For example, first thing in the morning, I have every leader on my team get up and open a chat line with their teams. That quells a lot of fears.\nWhat about security challenges?\nThe minute folks go home, you\u2019re dealing with VPNs and individual ISPs. So your scheduling for security updates for endpoints needs to change to a daily cadence while not disrupting folks in the middle of the day.\nAny advice for others facing similar challenges?\nWe picked things to turn on slowly, and then we made whatever adjustments we needed to make. So, have a setup where you enable things, measure, then enable more, and then measure again. There\u2019s nothing wrong with turning capabilities on bit by bit so that when you execute\u2014when you turn the whole system on\u2014it\u2019s flawless. There\u2019s nothing worse than enabling something and having to turn the darn thing off.\nFor more perspectives on how IT executives are managing the new normal, visit https:\/\/world-at-home.tanium.com.