How COVID-19 Is Affecting Tech

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the lives of almost every American. With stay-at-home orders in place, and nonessential businesses closed, the internet has become the place where we work, shop, learn, worship, bank, communicate, and socialize. The demands of the COVID-19 crisis also translate into greater mechanization in laboratory testing, hospital settings, logistics and delivery. The need to secure databases and provide completely secure servers means that businesses will be investing in Enterprise Resource Planning and enhancing the landscapes already in use. Technology is already playing a huge role in keeping our society going; its importance will continue to grow when the pandemic is over.


Information Technology Services

Remote working has quickly become the norm around the country; now that we know it works, it may become more common even after the COVID-19 outbreak subsides. The demand for cloud infrastructure services, and specialized software will continue to grow as well. The hardware that supports it needs to be in place and the telecom systems must meet the demand. Businesses either need to develop their own top-flight in-house IT team, or they need to work with organizations that specialize in ERPs and SAP systems.  Most organizations do not have a dedicated IT department in place for a reliable business-continuity plan (BCP). Those that do have IT departments will need to supplement them with help from IT service providers in procuring devices, setting up a resilient, flexible and secure network, disaster recovery systems, and IT security.


Data Protection

In the current environment, more health providers are offering tele-health services. That, combined with the extraordinary numbers of people ordering online, as well as those registering for jobless claims, means that the need for data protection has never been greater. The recently published ABI Research report “taking Stock of COVID-19 ” notes the vast quantity of personal data available, and the danger that it could end up “in the hands of a few entities with no visibility, no legislative barriers, no surveillance limitations, and no biometric revocation options for the foreseeable future.” Governments and biometrics vendors are responsible for creating person-centered solutions and utilizing the proper security measures to prevent this.



One concern that has arisen with this pandemic lies in the area of biometrics. In general, biometric AI and ML algorithms are working well to protect networks and data. However, many governments have invested tremendously in biometrics in everything from passports to security clearances. Almost all rely, at least in part, on fingerprint recognition; that kind of physical contact poses an obvious health risk. There needs to be a shift away from contact-only applications and the likelihood is that facial and iris recognition will become the norm. This will create a myriad of additional problems “because a great deal of law enforcement, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)/Biometric Identification Systems (BIS), border control, visa and immigrations applications are also based on fingerprint identification” (ABI Research).


Supply Chains

One thing that this pandemic has demonstrated with painful consequences is our over dependence on foreign supply chains. With most of the manufacturing of hardware for technology concentrated in Asia (for instance with 5G phones) the results of the months-long lockdown there will be a delay in the launch of new smartphones and other upgraded devices. Supply chain constraints apply to the raw materials as well. At the same time, hardware companies may see major demand coming from businesses that are placing large orders for laptops and mobile devices to support employees now working from home. In order to create resilience in the supply chain, significant changes need to take place. Sourcing must become both more local and more diffuse. Instead of a couple of suppliers in China producing the majority of semiconductors, for instance, we should have a number of manufacturing plants throughout the U.S. producing them.


Now that the world has discovered that it is indeed possible to work remotely, and truly take advantage of the technology available, there’s no way to stuff that genie back into the bottle. In order to make sure that your business is ready for the world, post-pandemic, contact the experts at 1st Basis to remotely supplement your Basis resources during these trying times.

Online SAP Courses Offered Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

SAP systems provide the highest quality integrated management system keeping your databases, financials, inventory, logistics, and other resources working smoothly and securely together. In order to optimize your use of the SAP systems, it’s wise to have your people expanding and refining their education in SAP offerings. With most of the country in lockdown and working from home, this is an ideal time for professional development. And SAP is assisting in this endeavor by making it easier than ever to access online learning.


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WALLDORF – 22/03/2020: SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced a new digital learning initiative offering innovative, interactive educational content to support students, professionals and anyone wishing to continue to learn during this challenging time.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting everyone around the world,” said Christian Klein, co-CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “We want to make sure education does not take a back seat during this time. Students and subject-matter experts need access to safe and healthy learning environments to continue their education virtually. SAP is expanding its commitment to support the next generation of professionals and users by broadening access to some of our best digital learning offerings to facilitate the continuity of innovation and enablement.”

This dynamic initiative is based on three educational pillars – massive open online courses (MOOCs), learning journeys for universities and the SAP Young Thinkers program – as part of SAP’s comprehensive learning and enablement program. SAP will respond and adjust to participant feedback and requirements to improve and adapt the courses continuously.


openSAP Is Open to Everybody.

The award-winning openSAP platform provides MOOCs to anyone interested in learning about leading technologies, the latest innovations and the digital economy. Course topics include automated robotic process automation, data science, machine learning, ethical artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), sustainability, Java programming and more.

Offered free of charge on the openSAP platform, these enterprise MOOCs use proven classroom learning concepts, including gamification and discussion forums with peers and experts, all delivered in an online format. Courses can be accessed without restriction, anytime, anywhere and from any device. Podcasts and micro-learning formats provide users with self-contained, bite-sized content that is easy to consume.

To register, you must be older than 16 years of age, but the courses themselves are suitable for learners of any age. To find out more, please visit


Free Learning Offering for University Students With System Access and Global Certification from SAP.

SAP provides 90-day access to four selected learning journeys for students interested in preparing digitally for a career in the SAP ecosystem and studying at one of the over 3,800 member universities in the SAP University Alliances program. Areas of study include scope and business processes specific to SAP S/4HANA, the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Finance solution, the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central solution and modeling in SAP HANA.

The offering is specifically designed for students and is available for free. It includes various learning formats in multiple languages as well as free access to training systems for hands-on practice. These tools help students prepare for an exam to achieve SAP global certification from SAP on specific subjects. One exam attempt is included free. The package can be accessed here .


SAP Young Thinkers Program Available to Everyone.

To support students and teachers facing school closures and other disruptions, the learning courses in the SAP Young Thinkers program are available on one central, open-access website.

SAP Young Thinkers provides a foundation for digital literacy, inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields. Students and IT beginners can explore creative methodologies and technologies to help shape a better world.

For more information about the program or to register for the introductory course “Get Coding with SAP” please visit The SAP Young Thinkers program embraces a global network of engaged SAP employees and motivated partners. It offers learning opportunities for digitalization with a focus on computer science, economics and creative solution and learning methodologies targeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly.