Today ServiceNow announced a customer care plan to support our public and private sector customers in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of this effort, we’re announcing four new community apps to help our customers, including government agencies and enterprises, manage complex emergency response workflows. These apps are now available at through our Crisis Response page for customers to access free of charge through September 30, 2020.
“In this battle to flatten the COVID-19 curve, none of us is as smart as all of us,” said Bill McDermott, president and CEO of ServiceNow. “These ServiceNow applications will enable emergency outreach, self-reporting and exposure management, which are precisely what organizations need to do right now to help people get through this crisis.”
“We are particularly proud to partner with Washington State’s Department of Health to make an emergency operations app, which they developed on the Now Platform, available to all government agencies fighting this pandemic,” McDermott added. “This is all about sharing best practices, which is why we’ll do everything we can to get the Washington State app in use everywhere.”
Emergency Response Operations app for government agencies
Washington State’s Department of Health, a ServiceNow customer, initially created the Emergency Response Operations app on the Now Platform to manage their own response to COVID-19. Working with ServiceNow, the Department of Health is making the app available to all government entities at no charge.
“As the epicenter for COVID-19 in the U.S., the State of Washington’s agencies, emergency responders and public health professionals had to rapidly assemble an incident management structure to lead outbreak response and mitigate the spread and impact,” said Jennifer McNamara, chief information officer, Washington State Department of Health.
“Leveraging ServiceNow’s Now Platform, we were able to digitize processes that allowed us to quickly resource critical Incident Management Team positions,” McNamara added. “This automated a manual and labor-intensive process that was fraught with errors while also providing real-time visibility into resource allocations. Improved accountability will allow us to secure the maximum federal reimbursement for incident expenditures. We are building on the success of this phase with automation of the other Incident Management Functions such as resource demobilization, planning, logistics, and finance.”
“Given the complexity and importance of community within this crisis, we believe it’s our duty to share our approach and the application we were able to quickly develop on the Now Platform,” McNamara said. “That’s why we have worked with ServiceNow to make our application freely available to other governmental entities. By digitizing these processes, responding to an emergency does not have to create an emergency to coordinate.”
Customer care plan
ServiceNow has launched a customer care plan to support its customers as they focus on maintaining business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a commitment to maintaining virtually 100% uptime for ServiceNow instances; and launching a Now Community forum where customers and partners can interact with other customers, as well as an Apps Suggestions portal where customers and partners can provide their ideas for COVID-19 related apps or features.
In addition to the State of Washington’s Emergency Response Operations app, ServiceNow has developed and introduced three, free-of-charge community apps to benefit all customers. The additional apps include:
· Emergency Outreach: During a crisis, this workflow uses the Now Platform to help companies connect with employees to assess the impact. Employers can reach out by email to provide information and safety measures and request a response to confirm if employees are safe and where they are located. Employers can also use the ServiceNow® Now Mobile App to send push notifications to employees via mobile to get response.
· Emergency Self-Report: This workflow helps an employee notify their employer that they are self-quarantined and when the employee will return to work, and provides workflow support for the employer.
· Emergency Exposure Management: When a company becomes aware that its employee is diagnosed with an illness, this workflow helps the employer identify other people who might have been exposed based on the employee’s meetings history and job location.
More information about ServiceNow’s customer care plan, including accessing the community apps, can be found on our Crisis Response page.
Our international team has translated the emergency response apps into eight different languages: German, Chinese simplified, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese. As a result of these translations, the four apps now reach 3.5 billion people in the most hard-hit areas of the world.
As a global company, ServiceNow has critical business functions, including technical support and cloud operations, distributed in regions around the world. This model will help ensure consistent, world-class customer support and service levels for its customers.
We are committed to maintaining 100% uptime for ServiceNow instances to ensure that customers have all of the capabilities available to them to continue their operations. ServiceNow maintains an Advanced High Availability Architecture with the ability to run a customer's production application from a pair of data centers located in geographically different regions.
ServiceNow's business continuity plan covers the ability for our cloud operations and technical support teams to work remotely in a safe and secure manner, so they can continue to serve our customers. All remote access happens using secure connections and multifactor authentication.
ServiceNow’s Knowledge 2020 customer event goes digital
To protect the health and safety of our customers, partners, and extended community, ServiceNow’s Knowledge 2020 event will become a digital community experience. This digital event, which starts on May 5, replaces the in-person event originally scheduled May 3-7 in Orlando, FL.
The Knowledge 2020 digital experience will showcase all the ways to unlock productivity through modern digital workflows, highlight the latest customer and platform innovations, and inspire the ServiceNow community to continue to create great experiences and unlock productivity for businesses.
Protecting our employees
ServiceNow has taken action to maximize the well-being and safety of our 10,000-plus global employees, office staff and communities. These efforts include:
· Asking all employees globally to work from home, effective March 11th, in an effort to encourage social distancing;
· Continuing to compensate all full-time and part-time workers, contractors and support staff during this work-from-home period; and
· Requiring that employees avoid business travel unless it’s deemed business critical, and is within their own country.
Across ServiceNow’s global community, we recognize that healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 are in need of support. These workers need supplies, such as masks, protection suits, goggles, and medical testing equipment, as well as basic necessities, such as food, lodging, training and support. ServiceNow is making donations to the International Medical Corps and the CDC Foundation totaling $100,000 to support these efforts.
*This post has been updated to include information about international versions of the apps.
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