Coronavirus has changed the way we live and work unprecedently. These has been difficult times for everyone and I can bet no one is untouched by this.

Things have changed in many ways for us, companies in terms of the way we work, comapnies operate and collaborate together.

Social media has been flooded with tips around how to work from home, how to take meeting etc, I am not an expert on how to work from home so I am not going to tell you anything about it even though I have been working from home for past two months now, earlier I use to work once or twice in a month.

I can certainly say that it works and it is not so difficult if you are determine to make it work and people like us who are from IT background always find a way to work with IT tools.

The challenge has been more for people from non IT backgrounds who are more than ever dependent on IT tools to work and collaborate together, conduct meetings, training etc virtually rather than in person.

Even if you are from IT background learning curve has been steeper more than ever to cope with new tools or how to use the existing tools in most efficient way.

I must say that the phrase “Survival of fittest” is true now in every sense of way, be it for health, work or companies or tools / apps.

Although all kind of institutions have been impacted due to this but my focus has been on schools, colleges and healthcare.

A tool which has seen a sharp increase in usage is Microsoft Teams, if we talk about numbers it has now more than 75 million daily active users by April end which was 44 million just a month ago in March. Microsoft teams has 200 million daily meeting participants.

We can very easily infer that Microsoft Teams is the fittest of all in its competition not just due to numbers but the way it enhances productivity and easy to collaborate, it has a great concept of chat based workspace with countless high quality apps available to be used created by Microsoft and partners.

Check my references at end if you would like to start using Microsoft Teams.

We at CGI has also been impacted like everybody else but I can say CGI has played at front, not only we contributed socially for different causes but we have taken challenges such as rolling out Microsoft Teams in just two weeks of time.

We have an initiative going on called “Respond, Rebound and Reinvent”, more details here: https://www.cgi.com/en/article/cgi3r/working-together-respond-rebound-and-reinvent-through-phases-pandemic

Read some interesting articles here:

https://www.cgi.com/canada/en/article/cgi3r/cgi-deploys-microsoft-teams-4000-remote-client-staff-just-over-two-weeks

https://www.cgi.com/en/case-study/cgi3r/cgi-helps-carrefour-completed-1-5-million-online-orders

https://www.cgi.com/en/case-study/cgi3r/using-automation-help-improve-patient-and-physician-care-and-flatten-curve

I can certainly say that CGI is one of the fittest if not fittest of all.

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References:

https://teamsdemo.office.com/#/0/0

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/bg-p/MicrosoftTeamsBlog

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