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Top Answer : I think spending will occur as normal and so it'll extend well beyond the categories of just the collaboration tools. Definitely sales and marketing activities which have been impacted will pick up. Supply chain management, there could definitely be some opportunities there. Potentially HR, maybe there'll be some new capabilities in HR about employee health benefits or wellness programs. It's hard to say. I depends on how long this goes on. There's a lot of those kind of programs already and then there's areas that are probably less prone to be affected like finance. I'm not sure that the finance organization would necessarily need some new set of tools but just often maybe transportation management, scheduling and how you deal with not just the physical products in the supply chain, but the legit starts in the supply chain as well. I'm sure it's very challenging right now though.

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I think spending will occur as normal and so it'll extend well beyond the categories of just the collaboration tools. Definitely sales and marketing activities which have been impacted will pick up. Supply chain management, there could definitely be some opportunities there. Potentially HR, maybe there'll be some new capabilities in HR about employee health benefits or wellness programs. It's hard to say. I depends on how long this goes on. There's a lot of those kind of programs already and then there's areas that are probably less prone to be affected like finance. I'm not sure that the finance organization would necessarily need some new set of tools but just often maybe transportation management, scheduling and how you deal with not just the physical products in the supply chain, but the legit starts in the supply chain as well. I'm sure it's very challenging right now though.
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I think that's probably about right. In higher-ed, our fiscal year is reset on June 30. On July 1, or as late as mid-August, I'm provided with my budget for that fiscal year. But our leadership team is continually revisiting and refreshing how we spend those funds throughout the year, especially within technology.  Within higher-ed needs there are solutions and services with pricing changes so dramatic that you have to get used to being more responsive on what you're spending. I don't envision a dramatic change in what we spend. I see a dramatic change in how we spend and what we spend on. But I don't think that it will result in an additional spend.  For most of us whose services and solutions are already in the cloud with less and less on-prem, it's not like we're going to be refreshing 20 server racks. We might be consolidating down from 20 into 1, but we're not going to be buying more bulk.
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