Following last week's terrorist attacks, several IT firms have offered their technology and services to relief organizations as well as businesses recovering from loss of life and infrastructure. Some notable donations follow: German software maker SAP AG announced Friday that it will offer free IT consulting services to aid businesses and government agencies affected by the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The company has also committed to donating $3 million to support individuals harmed by the tragedy as well as the families of victims. Hasso Plattner, co-chairman, CEO and co-founder of SAP AG, said in a press statement Friday, "We feel that as a company we are in a position not only to make material contributions to support the individuals most gravely harmed in these attacks, but also to support the affected businesses and organizations by putting our expertise to work in order to expedite the return to smooth operations as quickly as possible."
Microsoft, which donated $5 million last week to relief and recovery efforts, is also donating an additional $5 million worth of software and services to relief groups, government agencies and businesses in need of support.
Yahoo! has provided free services to the American Red Cross by hosting a donation site that to date has collected $13,810, 455 from nearly 117,000 givers. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.
Vector Networks, a development company specializing in desktop management software, has donated 300 licenses of its flagship product PC-Duo remote control software to the American Red Cross in an effort to help the organization expand its IT capabilities. Vector officials say PC-Duo will allow the Red Cross team to remotely connect all of the desktops at its satellite locations across the tri-state area.
The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance is offering to set up free wireless LAN networks for agencies supporting the relief effort and businesses that have had to relocate their operations. The alliance has more than 100 members, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.
NTT Communications and its subsidiary Verio today created an Emergency Response Program to aid businesses impacted by the disastrous events in the New York metro area. Verio and NTT Communications have organized response teams prepared to assist any company whose data communications services have been impacted. These services include shared and dedicated Web hosting, data center services, and frame relay and ATM connections.
Computer Associates International announced it will donate services and support on a pro-bono basis to New York businesses, with the restoration of data and computing services. The company also says it will contribute $2 million toward a fund dedicated to children in New York who have lost a parent as a result of Tuesday attacks.