It’s been an interesting experience to see how people have reacted to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the reports of how it’s been affecting communities locally and globally. We’ve seen a wide range of reactions from panic to self-sacrifice and care. Amidst all of this, students, individuals, families and businesses have to decide how to move forward for the short and long term.
Many are choosing to be cautious in this situation and we’ve seen a series of events and gatherings cancelled or postponed. This has impacted our economy and businesses are trying to find the best way to manage relationships with customers, clients and their own employees.
Luckily, many businesses have continued operating because employees have been able to connect remotely with each other as well as with customers and clients. The ever increasing demand for technology and its solutions has created a tech-based economy that not only allows remote working, but that can thrive on it.
As a company that teaches and creates software engineers, we are always supportive of businesses that positively impact and facilitate remote communication. Businesses who adopt and integrate a remote model are able to significantly increase their talent pool and in many instances, improve productivity and reduce costs.
While there are some who would resort to fear and panic, we are encouraged and motivated by the many individuals and businesses who are stepping up to help make a difference in the world and to help maintain the working economy while also maintaining respect and caution for what’s happening.
Forbes recently shared the news that zoom.us CEO, Eric Yuan, Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free. There is another company, Pronto.io that has offered to make their communication platform available for free to teams and schools during this time as well. These kinds of moves are just a couple examples of how companies in tech are stepping up to do good.
We all have an opportunity, regardless of our position, to significantly transform our lives and businesses with technology. For businesses, that could mean increasing your talent pool by hiring remote software engineers and other employees. For individuals, that could mean taking advantage of online schools and programs that can make you a future asset to a growing number of tech companies in need of software development. We are all in this together and the more we do to help meet the growing needs of the tech and business world, the more good we’ll be able to do and the more value we’ll be able to create.