It’s no secret that Microsoft would prefer moving as many of their Enterprise customers as possible away from shrink-wrapped Office software and into the cloud with Office 365. For the customer it’s more adaptable, mobile, and secure, and for Microsoft it is more profitable to be selling Office as a cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription.
To help make the case of how switching to the could can help your business, Microsoft has published success stories showcasing how Office 365 can benefit your organization. Today’s post by Microsoft is about Tesco’s use of Office 365, specifically how Yammer and SharePoint have benefited their operations.
Tesco is a large and expanding multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer based in Britain. With worldwide operations and global supply chains it is essential to have the right tools to allow collaboration across departments and within all levels of the organizational hierarchy.
The post goes on to state how Office 365 and Yammer gave “nearly 49,000 Tesco employees a non-hierarchical communications tool, enabling a collaborative culture that motivates them to work together and improve customer service across time zones and geographies.”
Tesco also uses SharePoint for collaborating on their season lines of products throughout their supply chain. Tesco’s Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara states:
“We use online collaboration to expedite product design and manufacturing on a global scale, meet the retail deadlines of the spring and fall seasons, and offer customers styles that are timely and relevant. Because a lot of the work can be done as a virtual team, we’re saving money and time by not having to fly people around the world as often.”
While cloud based SaaS might be pricier over the long haul compared to buying it off the shelf, it requires less onsite support, which is costly, and allows new types of collaboration that global companies can’t easily or cheaply get otherwise. Beyond today’s post, you can read more about Tesco’s story and other Office 365 customers as well.