SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Italian IT shop owner Simone Merlini joined a 2 p.m. call on Wednesday to do something that sounded fairly straightforward: demo three Amazon.com Inc cloud services to a new client.
Simone Merlini, chief executive officer, chief technology officer and co-founder of Italian IT consulting company beSharp, is pictured at his office, where he has been helping clients prepare to work from home amid coronavirus-related lockdowns, in Pavia, Italy, March 13, 2020. Simone Merlini/Handout via REUTERS
He ended up finishing at 1 a.m., taking dinner and a beer at his desk, after an unexpected engineering sprint to get 400 of the customer’s employees prepared to work from home for the first time.
“You can imagine my face in the conference call when their ask changed,” he said.
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