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Ten solutions you can consider for your workplace mobility and business continuity
March 20, 2020 News


COVID-19 has literally paralysed a lot of industries and organisations all over the world. In Southeast Asia, most companies have requested their employees to work from home while in countries like Malaysia, only workers from essentials businesses like banking and healthcare are allowed to operate. Everyone else must remain at home. This has lead to a lot of businesses executing their business continuity plan, which include workplace mobility. Yet, a lot of businesses are still not fully equipped to deal with the scenarios.

We have compiled a list of ten services your organisation can consider for workplace mobility to support business continuity. Do note that the ten solutions are in random order.



Tencent Cloud recently launched its cloud conferencing tool, Tencent Meeting, in Singapore with support from government and industry partners, offering a high-definition, ultra-smooth, convenient and secure multi-person cloud conferencing experience. The underlying technology architecture of Tencent Meeting is backed by the secure and reliable Tencent Cloud, which has multiple layers of protection in terms of business data, management protocols, network equipment and access policy. Tencent Cloud also recently acquired the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard (MTCS SS), proving its capability to provide the highest level of security to enterprise cloud users in Singapore, Asia and around the world.



Nutanix is expanding the availability of its Xi Frame virtual desktop service in Asia Pacific and Japan. Xi Frame is a cloud-based service providing companies with virtual desktops via a web browser providing flexibility, safety, security and access without software or plugins. Xi Frame will now be available in five new cloud ‘regions’: two on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with locations in Osaka, Japan and Seoul, S. Korea, and 3 on Microsoft Azure, with locations in S. Korea Central and South and Australia Central.



Adobe will give the higher education and K-12 institutional customers globally, who currently make Creative Cloud apps available to students who login through on-campus labs, the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This will be granted through May 31st, 2020 at no additional cost. Adobe also knows that delivering engaging experiences through distance learning is a new paradigm for many teachers and faculty. Through Adobe’s community, they’ve curated resources to help educators and school leaders discover inspiring projects, best practices, and new ideas so they can continue to drive valuable learning in virtual environments.



To handle the resulting communication with staff, Munich cloud service provider Retarus is now granting its existing customers free use of its market-leading multichannel messaging service, Retarus WebExpress. With this one-to-many service, enterprises can keep their employees well-informed about the latest developments with timely yet personalised messages. This free limited offer is available until April 30th, 2020. Customers can find out more about this opportunity from their Retarus representatives in their local country organisation.



ServiceNow has announced a customer care plan to support its public and private sector customers in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this effort, the company has announced four new community apps to help its customers, including government agencies and enterprises, manage complex emergency response workflows. These apps are now available at for customers to access free of charge through September 30, 2020.



CyberArk expanded capabilities of CyberArk Alero to support emerging business continuity priorities. Alero, a SaaS-based solution combining Zero Trust access and biometric multi-factor authentication, now allows remote employees simple and secure access to critical systems managed by CyberArk upon building on its core use case of enabling privileged access for remote vendors. CyberArk Alero is an industry-leading solution designed to provide fast, easy and secure privileged access to remote users including third-party vendors, employees and contractors. CyberArk Alero removes the need to deploy additional infrastructure or hardware and provides granular, role-based access to critical internal systems regardless of user type, target system or environment, unlike VPN-based solutions.


7 Network and Huawei

Singaporean enterprise solutions company 7-Network, in conjunction with HUAWEI, is offering its flagship codeless development platform, JET Workflow, free-of-charge to local SMEs, to help them automate and jump-start their business continuity quickly in response to the outbreak. The site provides ready-to-use forms for visitor logging and contact tracing where necessary, and systems for employee temperature monitoring and illness reporting. SME users can also easily manage their employees who are working from home due to BCP arrangements, Stay-Home Notices or Quarantine Orders. This is made possible through digitalisation, without the traditional reliance on professional developers.



Office 365 A1 – Free versions to all educational institutions, provides unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage and 2 GB of personal file storage per user, real-time collaboration with the Office apps for web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. No restrictions on the number of users. Microsoft Teams for Free (Individuals and IT roll-out – in Office 365 A1 above) provides unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user.


Alibaba Cloud

While DingTalk might be better-known for supporting more than 120 million students across China with their live-streamed online classes, the team has taken it up a notch to launch DingTalk’s International Medical Expert Communication Platform, hosted on Alibaba Cloud. From Alibaba DAMO Academy, a global research initiative by Alibaba, three proven solutions are being made available via a free trial for medical professionals and research institutes worldwide. Alibaba Cloud will work with local partners to deploy relevant services and solutions in accordance with local laws and regulations.



Acronis is making Acronis Cyber Files Cloud, the company’s secure, enterprise-grade file sync and share solution, free to all service providers through July 31st, 2020, so they can help their clients quickly transition to working remotely while keeping vital data secure. Additionally, Acronis offers training videos and documentation to help service providers train their clients and their end-users and get them onboarded.