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Italian Food Company Selects Office 365 to Drive Productivity

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November 28, 2012

Italian Food Company Selects Office 365 to Drive Productivity

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Barilla Group, a major Italian food company and a big player in the pasta market, has selected Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365 to ramp up productivity. With more than 13,000 employees around the world, a need arose for the company to profoundly evolve the way Barilla people communicate, collaborate and interact.

After analyzing other cloud platforms on the market, Barilla chose Office 365 as it powered better IT interoperation and enterprise expertise across its services and products.

"Because information technologies are constantly under technological, economic and regulatory pressure, Barilla recognized Microsoft as the only partner able to set us out on the path toward worldwide adoption of the cloud," said Mauro Viacava, chief information officer, Barilla Group, in a statement.

"We chose Microsoft Office 365, which offered a solution that is perfectly integrated with our enterprise environment and with the digital tools employees and partners already use," Viacava added.

The organization was migrated to the robust platform in phases between 2010 and 2011 in partnership with Teorema Engineering Srl. This Microsoft Gold Competency Partner also provided special training to 1,200 key employees at Barilla offices and plants all over the world.

Office 365 allows users to collaborate, interact and share documents online, communicate easily via videoconferencing and instant messaging, and access e-mail from many types of devices in virtually any location, addressing both geographic and organizational hierarchy obstacles at once.

Additionally, the Barilla Community Platform was launched recently and is touted as an efficient platform that allows Barilla to effectively and easily manage the structured interactions amongst employees in its branch offices, production plants and on-the-road.

"We have reduced travel costs by about 30 percent, thanks to the project," Viacava concluded."In the future, we intend to further grow the collaboration between mobile phones and the content of the Office 365 suite." 

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

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