The Effects of COVID-19 on the Business World

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Business WorldThe Effects of COVID-19 on the Business World.

The Effects of COVID-19.

Recently, Tech Talk interviewed our CEO Luis Alvarez on how to prepare for the COVID-19 crisis in your business. Here is a bit of what Luis had to say.

As you probably already know, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind across the business world. Not only are we dealing with the economic ramifications of closures and a global economy coming to a standstill, but we are also all trying to navigate through the process of social distancing, working remotely, and trying to meet family demands in a society that has seen more upheaval than we’ve ever experienced within our lifetime.

Recently, Tech Talk interviewed our CEO Luis Alvarez on how to prepare for the COVID-19 health crisis. Here is a bit of what Luis had to say about the virus just a few short weeks ago and how the pandemic continues to change how we do business on almost a daily basis at this point.

Working from Home is the New Normal Are You Ready?

As most companies already know, working remotely is the new normal. California is currently under a stay at home order, which means non-essential employees are to remain at their residence or work remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hopefully, your firm prepared appropriately for this moment by having VPNs and other security tools to reduce the risk of data breaches and other security issues. If not, please get in touch with us immediately so we can assist in protecting you right away.

Beware of Phishing Scams.

Another important thing to consider is the rise in phishing scams happening now. Emails that give advice or instructions on what you need to protect yourself from the virus often look entirely legitimate. However, once you get in there, the senders want you to click on links or open files that download malware onto your PC. This is a big problem and we are seeing more of it occurring on an almost daily basis as the crisis continues. To keep it from happening to you, be smart and avoid anything from a sender that you don’t recognize or one that doesn’t make sense.

Tech Conferences and Meetings Cancelled.

It’s also important to note that hundreds of tech conferences and meetings have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Some that were on the schedule as late as November and December are already pulling the plug. We have no idea how long this era is going to continue and it could be quite a while before significant tech companies announce their latest offerings with so many cancellations happening. However, most technology types are pretty savvy, so it is likely we will start to see virtual conferences popping up to fill the void soon.

Wrapping It Up.

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 and the fallout associated with social distancing is impacting all of us. The most important thing to remember is to follow all World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on health while still maintaining an appropriate social distance by staying at home.

Need help getting your workers up and running remotely? Please get in touch with our knowledgeable team at Alvarez Technology Group today.

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“I’m impressed daily by the hard work our team does on behalf of our clients. It’s not a vendor and customer relationship, we see it as a partnership where we integrate ourselves as closely as we can into their organization.”

In less than a decade, Luis Alvarez has grown the Alvarez Technology Group, Inc. (ATG) from a small two-person consultancy to the premier information technology (IT) solutions provider on the California Central Coast, delivering IT services to more than 200 companies throughout the state. A visionary who never shies away from exploring exciting new technologies that might give his clients a competitive advantage, Luis specializes in working with executives and managers of small- and mid-sized businesses, sharing his expertise by advising them on trends, analyzing their systems for improved performance and planning how IT can help achieve their business goals.

Luis is considered an expert in business process flow and the integration of IT for maximum profitability. He lead the industry towards a managed services model, an operational strategy that allows ATG to offer continuous monitoring and management of client IT infrastructure at an affordable price point. Luis designed the iTeam service delivery system based on this managed services model.

Luis has lived and worked in the Monterey Bay area since 1986, after 21 years of combined active and reserve duty with the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he served in various command positions including the Air Force Information Warfare Center/Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFIWC/AFCERT) and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Luis has been received numerous accolades and awards, most notably landing on the MSPMentor 250 list every year since its inception as well as leading the company to an appearance on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list in 2011. He also recognized as a community leader, serving on the board of numerous non-profits, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Rotary Club of Salinas and the Monterey Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Degrees and Certifications:

MBA, University of Phoenix UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management Development for Entrepreneurs Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional in Windows 7 Microsoft Certified Network Product Specialist Microsoft Certified Product Specialists Master Certified Novell Engineer CompTIA A+ CompTA Project+ Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator.