“It’s positioned the company for flexible working, and potentially activity-based working in the future. As we remove technology barriers across the business, people won’t be tied to their desks – instead IT becomes an enabler for more productive ways of working, and supports anywhere, anytime communications and collaboration,” Winn explained.
“With all of Blackmores now on one cloud platform we’re seeing servicing benefits from within the IT function. But our businesses are also experiencing the benefit of greater collaboration that it affords. Executives can communicate more freely across regions; have access to calendars and messaging options. It’s breaking down technical barriers and freeing everyone to just get on with the business of doing business,” he added.
Having been an early adopter of Microsoft Teams, its new enterprise collaboration workspace, Winn is considering its wider use in the business.
Initially trialled within the Australia-based IT department, it could be rolled out at Blackmore’s overseas operations.
“Right now we’re running most of the projects out of Australia – but as we bring people into those groups from Asia we will become more distributed – and that’s where Teams will really be able to stretch its legs,” he said.
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