1 Year of Lockdown? A few thoughts…

It is amazing to think that today (26th March) marks the 1 year anniversary of “lockdown” in South
Africa. In one way, it seems like only yesterday, yet in another, most of us have never witnessed a world
so fundamentally transformed from one year to the next.

Of course, the transformation has been broad and multi-faceted, affecting all aspects of our lives, both
private and professional. The lockdown thrust the digital economy to center stage and we have always
believed, that technology could solve many contemporary business challenges and optimise business
systems and structures.

Have you ever thought of working from home before COVID? Yet once COVID-19 hit, businesses had no
option but to embrace the digital world. This digital surge, though forced, has produced incredibly
positive results in many areas of business and technology… to the extent that the business landscape
might never return to a 2019 context.

At Azuro, we are proud to reflect on some highlights and how we used the past year to grow and
develop our team, our offerings and ourselves as a management team.

Our biggest highlight would have to be the 10-year anniversary of Azuro in October 2020. To achieve
this milestone during a pandemic still came with mixed feelings but it did truly manifest the immense
gratitude that we have for our customers, partners and of course our team of superheroes who have
been on this journey with us.

Another major highlight for us is the growth of our Coastal unit from 1 to 5 people during the last 12
months. This team has a strong focus on Business Applications, Governance and Dynamics 365.

This team has been running a fully remote setup since its inception and enabled us to make the switch
to taking the entire organisation fully remote during the initial lockdown in a matter of days. This
worked so well that we were in the unique position of enabling a number of our clients to do the same
in a similarly short space of time.

As fortuitous as this was, it had a bittersweet outcome that resulted in us not renewing our lease to our
office at the Oval in Bryanston and we know that our team will always remember this poignant moment
on 30 June 2020, we locked up our home of 6 years for the very last time.

As always, we’re committed to finding innovative solutions and adding value to all our engagements and
we are thrilled at the thought of tackling new challenges with our amazing clients and partners.

If you would like to know more about what we do and how we can help you, please get in touch with us
to set up a free 2-hour consultation around your technology needs.

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