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On March 9, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Louisiana. Since then, we’ve seen hundreds of cases being diagnosed. Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a stay-at-home order to all 4.6 million people across the state. Louisiana has the third-highest number of cases per capita in the United States. The Governor is aiming to keep Louisiana from falling into the same fate as Italy.
A number of businesses were already closed prior to the lockdown, but now all businesses with the exception of essential businesses, such as medical clinics, grocery stores, pharmacies, and critical infrastructure, must close down or work from home. In essence, this means thousands of business professionals must embrace remote work.
Microsoft recently announced that their Microsoft Office 365 E1 solution will be available at no charge for the next six months as companies deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Microsoft Office 365 comes with all the usual applications that many businesses use each and every day. In addition, Microsoft Office 365 includes Microsoft Teams, an application that promotes collaboration, communication, and much more. Microsoft Teams can become a vital tool to keeping workforces productive during the lifespan of this shutdown.
Aside from Microsoft Office 365 E1, many other technology companies are offering their solutions at no fee or at a reduced cost to help the local business community weather this storm together.
Getting setup with Microsoft Office 365 is easy. However, the initial setup requires the help of an IT professional. After that, running applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is simple. Microsoft Office 365 also comes with OneDrive that will allow you to store files just like your server in the office.
If you need access to your files located in the office, that’s no problem. Essential Solutions can help make sure you have secure remote access to your applications in the office, such as your accounting programs, CRM or ERP systems.
It’s essential that local organizations have the proper security solutions in play when setting up remote access to your systems in the office. Here’s a couple of recommendations:
Essential Solutions has many years of expertise helping organizations large and small with remote access solutions. If your organization is struggling to get your workforce up and running from home, we’re here to help. Speak with our live chat reps on our website or give us a call.
Essential Solutions understands the severity of the current situation and we understand the important role information technology solutions will play to help local businesses through this pandemic.