The enterprise has been on a path to IT modernization for several years now, converting to cloud-based frameworks to make their networks more capable, flexible and agile. That way, any knowledge worker could set up shop anywhere, just as empowered, productive and secure as if they were right there at the office.

And then, suddenly, one fateful day in March, that ideal was no longer just a someday goal to shoot for in their long-term planning. Seemingly overnight, the hypothetical was now very real. Immediate. And the scope was far greater than anyone had provisioned for in their disaster plans.

Now, no one could go to the office. Any office anywhere. So everyone needed to be able to be productive from home. And it had to be ready by Friday.

Find out what happened, and what it means for the future of work in my latest CIO Magazine column HERE.