Bitrix24, Coronavirus, Remote Working And Contingency Planning

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Vlad Kovalskiy
March 3, 2020
Last updated: April 5, 2023
Bitrix24, Coronavirus, Remote Working And Contingency Planning
Dear Bitrix24 users, 

We have decided to temporarily remove 12 user restriction on free Bitrix24 plans and make it possible to use our free accounts by an unlimited number of users. Here’s why.

Bitrix24 is used by over 6 million organizations, with many in China, Japan and South Korea – the three countries hit the hardest by the recent coronavirus outbreak so far. It appears that the impact of this event is going to be quite significant, capable of causing major disruptions in each country affected. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of businesses and institutions had a contingency plan that allowed for remote collaboration and working from home, where is possible and appropriate. This has forced most organizations to scramble for solutions and protocols at the very last moment.

If you live in an area that has or is likely to be affected by this pandemic, we strongly suggest start planning now how your organization is going to operate during a possible period of temporary mandated quarantine or travel restrictions.

  1. Determine which employees can work remotely if absolutely necessary.
  2. Determine which remote collaboration tool is going to be critical for each employee or department.
  3. Provide these employees with logins, passwords and instructions for each remote collaboration tool they are going to be using.
  4. Hold a drill to make sure everyone knows how to switch from office work to working from home.
  5. Show people where inside Bitrix24 they can find their tasks and assignments, how to hold virtual meetings via videoconferencing, where the company calendar, knowledge base, group chat and online document storage are located.

The fact that our free plan now comes with an unlimited number of users, means you don’t have to go through budgeting and procurement committees in order to have a ‘plan B’ as quickly as possible.

What happens once the COVID-19 threat is over?

We are going to give an advanced warning for all free plan changes, giving you at least 30 days to save your data if needed. Also, as per GDPR compliance, requirement, you will be able to request full personal data removal from our servers, if necessary.

Stay safe,
Your Bitrix24 team
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