March 4, 2020 | Written by: IBM THINK Blog
Categorized: COVID-19 | Public Statement
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As the world confronts the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBM is providing support to clients, government agencies and partners for their mission-critical operations. IBM is providing regular updates on company’s efforts here.
The health of IBM’s clients, employees and partners is our primary concern. In light of global precautions for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and building upon recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), IBM is taking a new approach to its signature events and adopting new travel policies.
“IBM Think 2020,” the company’s premier client and developer conference, and PartnerWorld for our Business Partners will be recreated as a global, digital-first event, to still be held on May 5-7.
Think 2020 will be an exciting combination of live streamed content, interactive sessions and certifications and locally hosted events, which will highlight IBM’s technology and industry expertise for developers and clients without the risk of travel. We will share updates here.
The company has also adopted new travel restrictions through the end of March for the safety of its employees and clients, consistent with travel guidance by the WHO.
IBM is suspending all domestic travel for internal meetings, and for participation in all external events with more than 1000 attendees. In addition, all international travel will be sharply curtailed to only business-critical situations when virtual methods are insufficient. If IBMers have personal travel to restricted locations, they must inform their manager and must self-quarantine for 14 days after their trip is completed, per recommendations by health organizations.
Domestic travel for work with clients is permitted, and IBMers are encouraged to hold meetings and events virtually.
As a result of these new travel restrictions, IBM is withdrawing its attendance in the HIMSS health care conference in Orlando next week.
IBMers are keeping those directly affected by this virus in our thoughts.