Since our last post, we now know that Parliament will be sitting on the 19th October. This will be only the fourth time since the outbreak of the Second World War that British MP’s have sat in the chamber on a Saturday and the first since the Falklands War.

In recent weeks it has also become more prominent on billboards and signage around major transport links that people of all backgrounds and interests need to be very much readying for some potential turbulence and upheaval. Particularly as both a ‘deal’ and a ‘no-deal’ scenario remain on the cards. We truly are heading towards unknown chartered waters.

In preparation for Brexit, the government is advising that we focus on four key areas:

  • Goods
  • Contractual
  • Services
  • People

Whilst the politician’s debate and the media stir it up, that leaves us as citizens, businesses, front line staff, backroom staff, leaders and figureheads all scratching our heads on what the best course through these choppy waters looks like.

Some of the key takeaway and questions we recently learnt about and need to answer before the end of the month when we attended one of the well-attended roadshows were;

  • Do we have an EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number) registration in the UK?
  • Importing from the EU – have you registered for TSP?
  • Where do we find out if our goods/software/technology is controlled?
  • Do we need to sign up to SPIRE?
  • Do we need to register for the EU Open General Export Licence?

Regardless of your political opinion, the crisis we find ourselves in has come at an ideal time as it should mean we address some of our weaknesses as a country as the World Economic Forum recently shined a light on through the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report.

2019 saw the UK edge closer to dropping out of the Top 10 globally for productivity, sitting in 9th sandwiched between Denmark and Sweden. Between 2011 and 2016, “total factor productivity growth” – or the combined growth of inputs, like resources and labour, and outputs – grew by 0.3% in advanced economies and 1.3% in emerging and developing economies. The world’s largest economies have room for improvement on technology governance. Based on how the legal frameworks in their countries are adapting to digital business models, only four G20 economies made it into the top 20: United States (1st), Germany (9th), Saudi Arabia (11th) and the United Kingdom (15th). China ranks 24th in this category.

My suspicion is due to the turbulent times we are about to live through, the ‘cloud’ and modern tech will prove an invaluable tool in our quest to steer ourselves through these difficult times. It will allow orgs to scale up and down to cope with peak in demands and lulls in demands; it will improve our ability to collaborate with our international colleagues and peers without the need to travel on planes, trains and automobiles.

risual are one of only a handful of global partners to have Azure Expert MSP status capable of delivering Optimisation and CSP services, which makes us unique, stable and a safe pair of hands for clients who are seeking support during these turbulent times.

Cloud is by no means the answer to all of the issues Brexit is throwing up into the air, but it will be a steady anchor which allows clients including ourselves the ability to navigate through these choppy waters and allow us to plot a successful course through these turbulent times.

Feel free to reach out to us if you are interested in learning how you can optimise both Azure and CSP to ready yourselves for a world post 31st October.

 

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