Coronavirus has Proven the Worth of the Online World

While everything else shut down, the technology sector was seen thriving – and continues to do so in 2021.

In January of 2020 none of us could have predicted where we would all be now. With so much change in the air, it was unrealistic to expect us to know what would happen in the coming months. Coronavirus hit and millions of people were left unemployed as business after business fell victim to the closures. Now, more than a year and a half on, we look back and think: Thank God for the internet.

If it hadn’t been for Cloud storage and firms like Hays Technology supporting our IT departments, we would have been at risk of closure too. While those of us who routinely blog got sick of telling companies to get online pre-2020, 2020-21 showed us the reasons why we had been banging the drum for so long.

If the last few quarters have shown us anything, it’s that getting online to sell products and services has been the best way to maintain steady sales. As we move into the future, it will continue to protect our ability to trade no matter how many waves of the virus come next.

Digital Systems Saved Businesses

We don’t need to be business moguls to look back and see that the firms with the biggest ability to trade online are the firms that survived. There’s no question that being able to Work from Home wouldn’t even be a possibility if it weren’t for the Cloud services we have developed in the last few years. A satellite office was theorised in the 80s, of course, but nobody got as close to it in the past as we did last year. Some of us are still working from home and that is unlikely to change.

Our ability to buy and sell over the power of the internet meant that some traders could stay open – and that some did exceptionally well. Amazon, for example, reported a threefold profit rise in that first few months of the pandemic. This came because the shops were shut, or because people were too scared of contracting the virus to visit them. Instead, we bought what we needed online.

Supermarkets adapted to this quickly, using online ordering services as one of the best methods to shop during the pandemic. This decreased the spread of the virus and kept families safe, while still managing to keep them fed, too. Although positions were few, we flocked towards online ordering as a means to a terrible end and were rewarded with a system that some of us wouldn’t replace, sis months down the line.

The Future of the digital business

Since the virus receded, more and more of us have realised that the online business is the way of the future. If you can’t trade online, then you might not be able to trade at all. As such, the online business is becoming the way of the future. The only difference is that the future is upon us already. Look around you and see for yourself.


Gene Hanley