受到新型冠状病毒的影响，许多公司实施员工在家办公的规定，避开人际接触，以减少感染风险，保障员工及其家人健康。但家居向来是我们休息的地方，Ladies Who Tech希望可以请教一下我们的成员，共同探讨有哪些APP、科技或工具可以让在家办公的员工避开零食和睡午觉的诱惑，继续维持生产力、保持联系和身心健康。
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies have arranged for employees to work from home. The necessary implementation is intended to help protect the health of employees and their families by reducing contact with others and minimizing the risk of infection.
But most of us are accustomed to our home being a haven for us to put our feet up at the end of a long workday, instead of an office, not to mention the temptation of taking a 20-minute nap or going on YouTube for cat videos. As thousands of businesses in China are turning to the Internet to stay operational, Ladies Who Tech asked our community members to share some of their favourite tools, APPs and technologies that have helped them maintain productivity and human interaction while staying sane despite being under lockdown.
Our members are in an array of fields, including technology, medicine, engineering, consulting, retail management, education, marketing and the media, and 85 per cent of those surveyed said they were required to work remotely during the virus outbreak. Together with the rest of China, they have ushered in what has been dubbed "the world's largest work-from-home experiment", giving rise to a range of online office tools for the first time.
It's interesting to note that 77 per cent of those surveyed reported that they had no problem with working at home at all, and another 15 per cent reported that they weren’t used to doing business outside the office in the beginning but finally adjusted successfully. Let's take a look at some of the tried-and-tested tools that helped our members navigate and excel at their day-to-day tasks in a virtual world.
沟通与协作工具 Communication and Collaboration Tools
微信 / 钉钉 / 飞书 WeChat / DingTalk / Lark
"Working on our next big move kept the team resolute. We found that these times are perfect for brainstorming. We used WeChat to keep in touch and chat at all times.”
It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Tencent's messaging app WeChat and its enterprise version WeChat Work were the most popular tools among our members to report work and stay connected. At the same time, Alibaba's DingTalk and ByteDance's Lark came a close second. Both apps saw downloads across China's app stores surge over 350 per cent during Chinese New Year week compared to one week prior, according to Reuters quoting research firm App Annie. WeChat Work surged by almost 70 per cent in the same timeframe.
Employees from several million corporate organizations were working from home on WeChat Work on February 3, which is three times the number of active users compared to last year, its senior product director He Jing told People's Daily. The app has been updated to include new functions like group live-streaming, data collection, online doctor consultations, super group chat, emergency alerts and epidemic updates.
DingTalk's online classroom feature, which was added at the end of January, was adopted by 50 million students and 600,000 teachers in China used when classes resumed, sending Alibaba scrambling to add 10,000 servers to keep up with the demand. The software has also found its footing in Japan, where teachers of Tokyo COSMO School have used DingTalk to perform regular check-ins and hold long-distance lessons.
Zulip / Slack / Microsoft Teams
您知道吗，Slack的名称其实是一个缩写，代表“Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”。
微軟在2019年推出Microsoft Teams，属后来者，但它迅速在办公协作软件市场立足，成为Slack的长期竞争对手。MS Teams称现在每天有超过2000万的活跃用户，通过为员工配备视频会议，消息传递，消息线程，文件共享/编辑和屏幕共享等服务，实时连接员工并增强协作。 在Office 365以及OneDrive的各种工具支持下，Microsoft Teams俨然成为「一站式工作平台」，这些功能都让该软件占许多优势。微软团队上周表示，新版本中增加了视频会议实时字幕。
Zulip is an open source chat solution that was acquired by Dropbox in 2014. It allows users to subscribe to streams and topics, which would help them filter irrelevant conversations and catch up with important ones.
Slack, the cloud-based instant messaging platform that continues to be widely popular, has new integrations being created almost every day. Originally created as an internal communications tool among game developers, the San Francisco-based start-up has now become a full-featured collaboration tool for businesses all over the world. Last October, Slack said it had around 12 million daily active users and 85,000 paid organization users, who spend on average nine hours a day logged in.
And did you know? The app's name is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge.”
Although a latecomer in 2019 as a successor to Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams immediately became a highly competitive player in the collaboration software market and Slack's long-time public rival. With 20 million claimed users, the aim of MS Teams is to connect staff in real-time and enhance collaboration by equipping them with video conferencing, messaging, threads, file-sharing/editing and screen-sharing services. Teams is also integrated with Microsoft's online office suite Office 365 and its OneDrive cloud storage, both of which gives the company an extra edge over Slack.
Among the new features announced in an update last Friday, Teams said that live captions are now available as subtitles during video meetings.
视频会议软件 Video Conferencing Tools
Zoom / Cisco Webex / Amazon Chime / 会畅通讯 / 腾讯会议
根据美国咨询公司Grand View Research去年8月的一份报告，2025年全球视频会议市场预计将达到67亿美元（470亿元人民币），而亚太地区有望成为增长最快的区域市场。由于较低的运营成本和更高的数据安全性，更多企业将会采用与“云端”融合的视频会议解决方案，包括远程医疗，新創生態系发展和在线教育等领。
Webex成立于1995年，并于2007年被思科收购，无疑是最成熟的在线会议应用程序之一。实际上，在2011年创立Zoom之前，袁征是Webex的早期工程师。思科Webex必须克服的挑战是新一代用户的偏见，他们认为它不像Slack和Zoom那样“时髦”和“酷”。实际上，分析师Zeus Kerravala在No Jitter发文说，新版本的Webex既易于使用，又备有许多高质量功能。思科若要成功，它需要通过营销其新平台和产品组合来为Webex制造机会。
Amazon Chime是亚马逊开发的视频会议系统，用户可以通过简单的视频会议或语音呼叫进行通信。软件还提供文件共享，日历和日程安排协作以及自定义的聊天机器人。Amazon Chime可与Alexa配合使用，让用户可以通过 Alexa开启会议。
The global video conferencing market is expected to reach US$6.7 billion (47 billion yuan) by 2025, with Asia Pacific anticipated to be the fastest growing regional market, according to a report by US consulting firm Grand View Research last August.
Thanks to low operating costs and improved data security, cloud-based video conferencing solutions are also expected to see an increase in adoption, driven by demand from areas such as telemedicine, development of start-up ecosystem and online education.
Zoom, which offers video conferencing, online meetings, chat and mobile collaboration services, saw its shares rise continuously amid the coronavirus outbreak, bringing in more monthly active users (2.22 million) so far this year than it did in 2019. Zoom shares are up 40 per cent in February, their best month since the company went public in April, according to Bernstein Research analysts quoted by CNBC.
Last Wednesday, CEO Eric Yuan announced it would be removing the 40-minute limit on video calls for its free version inside China as a contribution to impacted users amid the outbreak.
Founded in 1995 and acquired by Cisco in 2007, Webex is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most mature online meeting platforms. In fact, Eric Yuan was an early engineer at Webex before founding Zoom in 2011.
One of the challenges that Cisco Webex has to overcome is the perception that it's not as "hip" and "cool" as Slack and Zoom, when in reality the newer versions of Webex are just as easy to use and just as high quality, said analyst Zeus Kerravala on his post on No Jitter. For Cisco to succeed, it needs to find a way to create enough excitement around Webex through marketing its new platform and portfolio.
With Amazon Chime, users can communicate via simple video meetings or voice calls. File sharing, calendar and scheduling collaboration and customized chatbots are also available on the pay-as-you-go service. Everything is also integrated with Amazon Alexa for voice-based virtual assistant support.
Shenzhen-listed BizConf, which provides cloud conferencing services covering video conferences, webcasts and network conferences in the China market, has appreciated 68 per cent since the Wuhan lockdown, according to South China Morning Post.
Tencent Meeting was launched a few months after Zoom was temporarily blocked for around two months in China last year, prompting Chinese users of the US video-chat tool to switch to a local version. The move is part of an expansion of the tech giant's expansion to enterprise-facing services. The software, which combines video conferencing and online meetings by leveraging cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and online security technologies, is seamlessly integrated with WeChat Work. It is also said to have a more clear and stable connection compared with WeChat voice call.
项目管理工具 Project Management tools
Confluence / Jira / Targetprocess / Monday.com
Confluence is a collaboration wiki tool widely used by software development teams to build, share and store knowledge efficiently. Developed and published by Australian software company Atlassian, team members can assemble ideas on blogs and pages, plan product requirements, assign tasks to specific users, and manage calendars and knowledge bases at once.
Jira is a fully-customizable agile planning suite also developed by Atlassian. The main purpose of Jira is to track bugs and related issues and is widely used for project management for software and phone apps. Confluence is designed to integrate with Jira and help boost collaboration and communication between development and non-technical teams.
Similarly, Targetprocess, launched in 2004 in Minsk, is a visual portfolio and work management tool that allows teams to visualize the workflow, plan how they work and make sure their priorities align and that they work in an agile way.
Monday.com is a work operating system that enables medium-sized businesses to build custom workflow apps in a code-free environment – to run projects, processes and everyday work. The company is also opening up the Monday platform to developers who want to build applications on top of the platform.
任务管理、时间管理工具 Task Management and Productivity Tracking Tools
Trello / Teambition / Flow / Airtable
Trello is a simple, web-based task management system based on Kanban, which allows members to drag and drop task cards from a to-do basket, an in-progress basket, to a done basket. It was sold to Atlassian in January 2017.
Teambition is China’s answer to Trello and was acquired by Alibaba in 2019, according to TechCrunch. The service provides users with mobile and desktop apps to interact with the platform. In addition to the main planning interface, there another designed for customer relationship management, called Bingo, as well as a “knowledge base” where businesses can keep and share extra documentation.
Flow is a simple task tracking and project management software for teams to plan projects, prioritize to-dos and delegate tasks. It is said to help better visualize workflows and push people to be more transparent, which is especially important for remote workers.
Airtable has a loyal fan base as the product is designed to help B2B customers, with a workflow system that allows employees to quickly analyze data. It provides a simple interface to share and edit spreadsheets such as inventory, protocols and other lab lists. The product, valued at US$1.1 billion (7.7 billion yuan), is regularly updated with customer feedback and helps customers to work smarter.
Notion / Quip / Nuclino / Canva
Notion is used by both individuals and businesses for simplified note taking and task management by providing a user-friendly interface and templates such as travel planner, school syllabus and customer relationship tool to create projects more efficiently.
Quip is a document-based collaboration tool that is slowly transforming into a project management tool after being acquired by Salesforce for an estimated total of US$750 million (5.2 billion yuan) in 2016. It has a unique integration of allowing users to chat, track and edit checklists, documents, presentation slides and spreadsheets in real-time.
Nuclino, founded in Munich, Germany in 2015, works well as a clutter-free and collaborative wiki for a small team, and is said to be the next best Google Docs and Notion alternative. Some notable features include a collaborative real-time editor and a visual representation of a team's knowledge base in a graph.
Sydney-based Canva is a multimedia design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and has a library of millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.
时间块 / Todoist / ihour / 时光序 / Boosted
These popular time management apps either track the time spent performing a task while others help users manage the assignments as well. The bottom line is, these apps force us potential procrastinators to stay focused, raise our productivity and not be distracted by our phones or our pets.
学习、娱乐、"自助"工具 Learning, Entertainment, Self-help Tools
Udemy / 天九老板云TOJOY Entrepreneur Cloud / Deepstash
Udemy is an online learning app with more than 130,000 video courses taught by expert instructors. Users can take courses in anything from programming languages like Python and Java to personal development classes like design, drawing, languages and photography.
TOJOY Entrepreneur Cloud is an office software designed for enterprises to help bosses and managers better understand the progress of their projects as well as to promote business cooperation. The software is also a business platform that integrates functions such as project display, large-scale video conferencing, project bidding and networking.
Deepstash is a curated platform of ideas on topics such as time management, health, money, communication and self-help. Similar to a personal knowledge hub, users can build their “stash” of ideas to improve their person and professional life.
Tide 一个自然音景和冥想的应用程序。 软件具有聚焦计时器功能，可以帮助用户保持专注力。
An app that allows users to relax and meditate while listening to its library of natural soundscapes and mindfulness practices. Its focus timer function can help procrastinators who have difficulty staying focused.
Headspace Headspace是由冥想领域专家Andy Puddicombe建立的一个指导人们如何冥想的平台。
A guided mindfulness and meditation app developed by Andy Puddicombe with different subscription tiers.
A music and podcast streaming service with customized playlists available.
Keep 健身、体操软件， 可以选择自己感兴趣的小组来加入，一起进行锻炼。
A home workout and fitness app with various difficulty levels for those who have been sitting at their desks all day.
A comprehensive library of Chinese recipes and a community for amateur chefs to share their work. Downloads skyrocketed nearly six times from the end of January to mid-February as many remote workers are forced try their hand at cooking at home!
And of course, the good old video platforms: YouTube, Youku, iQiyi, Tecent Video, Netflix – which our members love due to their vast mix of content, from TEDtalks and self-help videos to viral videos and free movies.
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