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As you all know, a lot of countries in the world are living in difficult times due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
In this difficult period, the first thing we want to do is tell all our users, customers, partners and everyone we are in contact with one thing: we send our wishes to you and your loved ones: Stay safe!
Since we are in France, we are now in confinement, which means that our office is empty and that all our collaborators are now working from their homes. But no worries, our support system is still up and running and we are still delivering all the services you might expect from our company!
As the situation is rather exceptional, we wanted to share with you a bit of how we are working right now to ensure the continuity of our business and maybe provide some tips to all of you out there, looking for solutions for your own company.
At Vates, as the bunch of nerds we were before the crisis occured, we already had a lot of tools deployed in order to allow our collaborators to work remotely, so it was not a large effort to provide comfortable solutions for our team. Some of our developers were already 100% remote and we even have someone located in the United States: Jon (@fohdeesha).
As you know, all our code is on Github, consequently, our developers are still pushing, reviewing and merging bug fixes and new features in Xen Orchestra on a daily basis.
For asynchronous communication, we are using Mattermost, a very useful solution to chat with people and share information (and some jokes) together.
For direct communication, we are using a SaaS solution for an online meeting room: Whereby. Thanks to this, we can still exchange information live with people within the company or outside the company when it's required. It's also helpful in order to keep some sort of human relations.
Meet our team!
To conclude, here are some of our work-from-home setups, which one is your favorite?
@Marc' setup (mine):