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Half of tech firms are adopting home office in Brazil

A survey with 320 companies indicates that the majority suspended travel and events and is seeking to implement remote work to halt coronavirus spread

Videoconferencing and collaborative work platforms are having to meet new spikes in demand. Photo: Shutterstock
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A survey carried out in Brazil by IT Mídia with 320 IT, telecom, startups and digital businesses indicates that more than half have already adopted full remote work in their operations since the beginning of the week, as a way of contributing to flatten the dissemination curve of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. In all, more than 130 firms responded to the survey saying that they have already instituted practices and tools that enable employees to work from home offices.

According to Computerworld, the vast majority of technology companies seek to institutionalize the mode of remote work and have suspended events and trips for the next week.

Another industry segment has also released free video conferencing and productivity tools. Google, Microsoft and Zoom, for example, are struggling to meet the needs of users and support the new demand generated by the peak use of their solutions.

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Rocket.chat, an open source collaboration platform with more than 350,000 users worldwide, has seen a 30% increase in use of the tool in the past two weeks. Cisco, in turn, started offering free licenses for its Webex videoconferencing applications.

The list of IT Mídia companies includes Brazilian branches of Adobe, Google, SAP, Nvidia, Facebook, MercadoLibre, in addition to GetNinja, Positivo, Cielo, Superlógica and dozens of others. It can be accessed here.