As the week kicked off here on the East Coast with some pretty warm weather for this time of year, the Office 365 space also continued to heat up. Specifically, with news breaking that once again, a large company has selected the cloud-based platform for its robust capabilities. This time, the business in question is Opus, a New Zealand-based global infrastructure consultancy group.
In fact, the firm is wasting no time transitioning to Office 365, having already begun to implement the offering into its corporate infrastructure, which will give employees access to e-mail, calendars and widely leveraged Office applications including Word, Outlook and Excel, instant messaging and conferencing through Lync, as well as file sharing via SharePoint from anywhere and at anytime. This in turn will significantly improve overall collaboration and communication amongst the entire enterprise.
According to Opus’ Chief Information Officer Bruce Tinsley, utilizing Office 365 falls in line with the company’s overall goal of becoming one of the top 20 consultancies in the world by 2020, a recent piece revealed.
"We wanted a system that was up-to-date, flexible and agile - a system that had the scale to support our ambitious growth plans," Tinsley said."We also wanted a product that offered staff easy access to our network from multiple devices and locations, and the ability to do the basics, like view and edit calendars on their smartphones."
Ultimately after looking at other solutions on the market, the consultancy group realized its ideal offering would seamlessly integrate with the current legacy network and would also lessen the burden placed upon its IT department. Office 365 proved to be the ideal choice after closely analyzing all of the product’s functions and features.
"In the end, choosing Microsoft (News - Alert) just seemed to make sense," Tinsley added. "We looked at some other big-name suppliers, but kept coming back to the fact that Microsoft offered an enterprise-ready solution, and is a trusted corporate brand."
So far, what type of results has the firm seen? Off the bat, it loved the fact that the migration to the next generation platform was very easy, and the organization had a large amount of staff from the recently acquired company Coffey transitioned in only one weekend. However, Opus is far from done leveraging the full potential of this offering and will be bringing the invaluable tool to other facilities within Australasia, the U.K. and North America by the end of quarter one 2013.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo