Let's be honest — IT was dealt a pretty rough hand right from the start of the year.

Expanding digital workplaces. Prioritizing remote workforce experience. Solving unique remote work challenges. Upgrading infrastructure. Planning new hybrid work models.

Now there’s an even bigger challenge ahead: A global computer-chip shortage that’s slowing the production of much-needed hardware.

Due mostly to the pandemic, supply chain issues are making it harder to secure the semiconductor materials needed for a variety of chip-dependent products, including laptops, desktops, tablets, and other work devices. As a result, orders are being delayed, prices are surging, and plans for hardware refreshes and fully outfitting hybrid workforces have been disrupted.