COVID-19: AIIA launches business continuity portal

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

COVID-19: AIIA launches business continuity portal

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has launched a portal to provide Australian businesses with free access to services to help them stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AIIA has launched a new online portal, with the support of the government, which lists a range of free offers, advice and resources aimed at helping businesses function with minimal disruption during the crisis.

The portal offers links to free services covering areas including emergency exposure management, outreach and self-reporting services, HR management and survey tools to assist businesses.

It also compiles the free and extended trials being offered for a range of remote collaboration and videoconferencing solutions, including Telstra’s Virtual Meet Room (VMR), Adobe Connect, Google’s G Suite, Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams.

Facebook and ServiceNow have also contributed to the initiative, with more companies expected to join in the coming days.

The advice and resources pages meanwhile link to information on a range of topics, including how to effectively implement and improve working from home arrangements for employees and employers, technical guidance for some of the free solutions on offer and how to implement remote learning capabilities.

Adobe has arranged to offer students free personal in-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications in place of their schools’ in-classroom licences during the crisis.

The pages also include links to a list of the available federal government support for businesses, data resources to help organisations understand COVID-19 data in near real time and advice on choosing an nbn plan to meet organisations’ needs.

“The technology industry, through the Australian Information Industry Association and working closely with Australian federal and state governments, has created the Australian Business Continuity online resource centre — designed to support the economy during these difficult and unprecedented times,” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said.

“AIIA would like to thank the companies who have already signed on for their support in assisting Australian businesses, schools, students, governments and workplaces for contributing to this online resource in what is proving to be a challenging time for all businesses.”

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