Tech summit puts spotlight on growing 'digital by default' movement

Paul Vallee
Tehama CEO Paul Vall​ée says remote work is becoming the "new normal." File photo

With a growing number of tech enterprises embracing permanent work-from-home policies, a Westboro firm that helps workers securely access company data on their laptops and other devices is hoping to tap into the cresting wave of interest in going “digital by default.”

Tehama says it will launch its first Digital by Default Summit on July 7. The company says the event will feature business leaders “showcasing the best thinking on sustaining morale, productivity and security for transitioning to a digital-first workforce.”

Speakers will include Alex Benay, a partner in digital and government solutions at KPMG who formerly served as the federal government’s chief information officer, Pythian president Keith Millar and Klipfolio founder Allan Wille.

In a statement, Tehama CEO Paul Vall​ée says remote work is becoming the “new normal” as companies around the world have been forced to abandon their office spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Enterprises face a starkly different world that forces us to tackle new sources of risk while reimagining our workforce and workplace strategies,” he said. “This era is rife with invention, opportunities to accelerate digital transformation, and new pathways for access to talent. Likewise, we see a new path to opportunities for talent, a new path to accelerate our diversity and inclusion goals.”

According to the news release, the summit will feature two daily sessions with executive speakers as well as panel discussions and practical advice from business leaders. Tehama is partnering with New York-based Work Awesome, a group that promotes new ways of working.

Tehama, which spun off from Pythian last year, recently landed a $10-million financing round led by OMERS Ventures. The company says its revenues have surged since the COVID-19 pandemic began as the number of remote workers has skyrocketed, fuelling a wave of new demand for its platform.

The lockdown has also prompted several high-profile tech firms, including Facebook and Ottawa-based Shopify, to announce they would be purchasing digital-first work policies even after pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.