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Two Silver
Linings
Identified
Gary L. Parr
Editorial Director

A

COMMON " COMFORTING "
statement to anyone who is dealing
with a difficult situation is, " The
silver lining is .... " Looking for a silver lining
is rarely of interest to the person who's struggling and, in most cases, makes the person
want to respond in an uncivil manner. But
I can get away with it and offer not one, but
two, pandemic silver linings because my
e-mail client has a good spam filter. Here are
my " look at the bright side " thoughts:
Digital transformation got the kick in
the pants it needed. This pandemic has forced
people to dig into the technology end of things.
Everyone quickly learned how to do video conference calls out of immediate necessity, and, for
most, they've become second nature.
While being able to talk to each other from
remote locations is important, it helps to have
something to talk about. If people can't consis-

tently be on the plant floor in normal numbers,
operational information needs to be obtained
in some way. As a result, those long-discussed
digital-transformation plans have finally been
activated.
For many, it's like diving into the deep end,
but immediate needs outweigh future questions,
so people are going for it. While there will be
some bumps, at least enterprises will have the
technology in place for current and future uses,
rather than trying to implement it later.
All indications are that digital transformation is being embraced on a broad scale and its
use will only grow. In other words, there will
not be a reversion to pre-pandemic practices
once the virus subsides.
People don't have to " punch in " to put
in an effective workday. Managers who were
resistant to the idea of remote workers have
had to put their reservations on a shelf and let

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