Meinhardt Group recently reported that the deployment of Microsoft's Office 365 has helped improve its productivity by around 10 percent.
The deployment has enabled the Singapore-based global engineering consulting firm to offer its 755 employees in Singapore and Australia a unified office productivity suite to share resources, collaborate and communicate.
According to Anderson Teo, Group IT Director, Meinhardt Group, Office 365 has provided the company with "collaboration capabilities" that help achieve higher productivity. Besides that, "Office 365's pay-as-you-use model has helped the company keep its IT costs manageable" as it does not require investments in IT infrastructure, he added.
Prior to using Office 365, employees of the Meinhardt Group utilised a mix of different email systems and older versions of Microsoft Office applications. These systems were not only difficult and expensive to maintain but also had limited capabilities for collaboration and sharing of resources.
As part of the Office 365 implementation, SharePoint was used to create a central Knowledge Management System that acts as an up-to-date repository for all the company's documents and resources. This enabled seamless collaboration on projects across borders, which facilitated decision-making processes.
The Meinhardt Group also replaced its existing audio and video conferring solutions with Lync — a single communications platform for the enterprise — to reduce its communication costs. Just months after its implementation during the initial pilot test, Lync provided cost savings of about nine months usage of the previous conferencing system.
The Meinhardt Group intends to roll out Office 365 to its 37 offices worldwide within the next two years, starting with regional and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) offices.
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