Microsoft announced that new business customers are moving to the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS), “the cloud”, to enhance collaboration, improve productivity and lower costs. BPOS, which is available in 40 countries and regions, includes Microsoft Office Live Meeting, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Lync Online, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Online. This product is useful to businesses since it can tighten security, ensure optimum employee productivity, and stay current with the latest productivity innovations more easily.
The new customers are DuPont, Spotless Group Ltd. and Sunoco Inc. They are part of the growing roster of BPOS customers that includes Coca-Cola Enterprises, Doosan Corp., GlaxoSmithKline plc, McDonald’s, Rexel and Starbucks Corp. There are other small and midsize businesses. Governments also continue to move to the cloud including the State of Minnesota, which announced plans to deploy BPOS for 33,000 state employees, making it the first U.S. state to move its e-mail and collaboration to the cloud.
Why are companies moving to the cloud?
Answer: to allow more collaboration to take place. For instance, at Du-pont with more than 50,000 employees, they dropped Lotus Notes in order to make collaboration easier since they are a global company with resources and branch offices located around the world. Lotus Notes could not meet their collaboration needs.
Greater Scalability and a Familiar Interface
Sunoco is a leading manufacturer petroleum products migrated to the “cloud” to improve the way it delivers IT operations across the organization. It also allows it to have more flexibility to ramp up or scale back operations, as needed.
Spotless Group, located in Australia, provides contract management and retail supply chain solutions. It moved to BPOS to provide support its global work force. But this allowed them to lower the total cost of their IT system. With close to 37,000 employees plus 4,500 contractors spread across multiple countries, it was a challenge for employees in remote areas to access the corporate network and for the home office to distribute information globally through e-mail or the company intranet. However, with the migration, corporate access will be easier and the notification of changes will be immediately known and available.