Global and local tech giants are offering their services for free via an online portal that has launched to assist Australian companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) unveiled the online resource centre yesterday to help businesses and workplaces move towards remote working arrangements as the country enforces stricter lockdown measures. 

Telstra, Google, ServiceNow, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce and SAP are providing a complimentary suite of service and product offerings available through this website. More companies are expected to join in the coming days. 

“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,” said Ron Gauci, CEO AIIA. 

“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.” 

The technologies available support video conferencing, virtual meetings and events as well as other remote business services that can be deployed outside the traditional office environment to enable business continuity.

For example, Adobe is offering free 90-day access to Adobe Connect, its web and video-conferencing solution.  

COVID-19 is changing everything about life and work as we know it. At Adobe we’re focused on how to best protect and support our families, employees, customers and communities in the face of this unfolding crisis. We also recognise the critical role our technology plays in creative pursuits and business success. As such, coming together as a tech sector to help Australian businesses navigate these unprecedented challenges is essential,” said Suzanne Steele, Managing Director for Adobe Australia and New Zealand.

Adobe is also providing teachers and staff with new online resource for educators through its free Adobe Education Exchange portal and giving students free personal in-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications in place of their schools’ in-classroom license.

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