IT service providers and product vendors are rolling out hybrid workplace technology for customers balancing the needs of remote workers and back-to-the-office employees.
NWN Carousel, a cloud communications service provider, last week launched two services for home workers and in-office collaboration rooms. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., is teaming up with a list of vendors including Cisco, Logitech and Poly. In addition, ROI Communications, an IT services and consulting company in Norwood, Mass., inked a partnership with Nynja Technologies to sell, service and support Nynja’s workforce collaboration technology. Earlier this month, Nynja unveiled a partner program for global systems integrators, MSPs, VARs and other channel partners.
The moves come as more organizations open their doors to employees after months of full or partial closures during the pandemic. Office occupancy reached 43.1% last week in Kastle’s Back to Work Barometer, which tracks building access data in 10 cities. That’s the highest occupancy rate since before the pandemic. In April 2020, the rate was 14.6%, according to Kastle, which makes keycards, fobs and other access control products.
The office transition ushers in an era of hybrid work. Large enterprises — from long-established manufacturers such as 3M to digital age companies such as Twitter — have committed to flexible work approaches. Smaller companies have done so as well. Their task now is to make this happen.
“A lot of organizations struggle with a strategy for what the return to office looks like,” said Andrew Gilman, chief marketing officer at NWN Carousel.
Several considerations are in play. Organizations are looking to raise the quality of the home worker’s experience to a level equivalent to in-office employees, Gilman noted. At the same time, they are revisiting in-office collaboration systems to accommodate hybrid work. They must also consider the effect of returning workers on IT departments.
“IT staff … have been stretched to the max with having to support an office environment and an at-home environment and now a return-to-the-office environment,” Gilman said.
NWN Carousel’s offerings provide technology and services to support hybrid work. The company’s At-Home Essentials package provides bundled internet connectivity, wireless access, security and video conferencing endpoints, according to the company. Technology providers include Cisco and Fortinet. NWN Carousel prices the offering, delivered as a managed service, in standard user, power user and super user tiers for a “good-better-best model,” Gilman noted.
The company’s Office Collaboration Room-as-a-Service offering, meanwhile, combines hardware, software and services. The service aims to equip collaboration spaces from small huddle rooms for two to five people to large conference facilities. Technology partners include Cisco, Crestron, HP Elite Slice G2 and Bose, Logitech, Poly and Yealink.
The offerings come with help desk support to help offload a customer’s IT personnel, Gilman said.
ROI Communications will provide Nynja’s collaboration offerings to companies from SMBs to enterprises. The partnership lets ROI Communications address the ecosystem of freelancers, gig workers, contractors and remote workers, according to the companies.
Nynja’s platform brings together conferencing, meetings, threaded messaging, encrypted chat and embedded streaming, among other capabilities.
Investment company KKR plans to purchase Barracuda Networks from its current owner, private equity firm Thomas Bravo.
MSPs are among Barracuda Networks’ customers. The Campbell, Calif., company’s Barracuda MSP brand offers security and data protection products for service providers. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2022. KKR will back Barracuda’s growth in areas such as managed detection and response, extended detection and response, and secure access service edge, according to the companies.
KKR’s agreement to acquire Barracuda closely follows the disclosure of Kaseya’s pending purchase of Datto, which sells software to MSPs. KKR has made other investments in channel-related companies. In 2021, the company acquired Ensono, a hybrid IT services provider in Downers Grove, Ill.
Additional reporting by Kristen Gloss.
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