Office 365 for business: customer stories
Small and Medium size businesses
The Child Cancer Foundation
"It was frustrating to see the amount of time and money spent on travel and phone calls before Office 365."
John Robson, Chairman of the National Board
Au Pair Link
"We’ve doubled our staff and we don’t need to worry, because Office 365 is nimble and flexible. We can use our capital for things that will grow our business, rather than incurring IT costs."
James Robinson, Director
"We don’t have to worry about backups or babysit servers anymore. Now, we just focus on delivering solutions to clients. Lync has been extremely useful to our staff. Employees can IM someone at the other office and receive a quicker response than waiting for email or looking up a number to call. We even have the option of sharing the screen during a conference call, which ensures everyone is on the same page."
Peter Brown, Managing Director
"We love using Lync Online. It was easy to set up, easy to use, and it’s already made fans in the office. Lync is all about real-time decision-making and collaboration. We use instant messaging to get answers faster, and video calls to put a personal face on our business. Collaboration is a critical part of our rebuilding process. Anywhere we have internet access, we’re able to connect with our clients and each other."
Graham Dockrill, Co-founder and VP of Sales
Christchurch Women’s Refuge
"Like all non-profits, we have one eye on funding and a tight fist approach to overheads, with our focus on delivering services to families. Office 365 enables our organisation to outsource email and concentrate our efforts on our purpose."
Christine Wallace, Office Manager
"A business owner has so many other things to worry about including staff, marketing, and getting orders out on time. With Office 365, I have employed the best IT staff to look after my information 365 days a year. That’s what Microsoft is good at, so we can get on with what we are good at."
Nick Beauchamp, Director
"We communicate faster using Lync Online, especially being able to share desktops. If people have technical issues they can show me the problem immediately from home or work."
Angela Tempest, Business Operations Manager
"We are operating in a competitive environment and any savings we can make allows us to funnel additional funding into assisting our clients with their recruitment needs. We are seeing lower total costs for the overall IT system, especially with our new email system, which is fantastic."
Dr Sam Hazledine, Managing Director
Enterprise and public sector
"Being able to hand off management of global document sharing and calendaring to Office 365 allows us to focus on those areas that are a key to moving forward—especially a business that is growing. We’re saving about $120,000 a year on IT costs alone, plus we’re seeing significant savings in employee man-hours as well."
Andrew Swaine, IT Manager
"We’ll regain 100 hours per year by not having to travel to meetings and we’ll save nearly 500 hours annually because managers can access briefing notes on their mobile devices rather than wait for information to be physically compiled and sent to them."
Andries van der Westhuizen, Group IT Transformation Manager
Dispute Resolution Services Limited
"Office 365 has given us more flexibility and continuity, with less effort. We no longer have to train new users, because Office 365 is intuitive and easy to use."
Andy Williams, CIO
University of Otago
"Using Office 365 for education, we can let Microsoft do what it does well, and we can work on other projects and services for the University to enhance the delivery of teaching and research."
Mike Harte, Director of IT Services
Royal New Zealand Plunket Society
"Office 365 provides great capabilities, and when you really look into it, much greater peace of mind—in regards to privacy and security—than almost any organisation, including Plunket, could offer with its own IT."
Craig Le Quesne, General Manager ICT
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
"We know that with Microsoft and Office 365, we can easily set it up additional shared sites and get right to work. The increased organisation and efficiency internally will only help us better serve our communities."
Marion Dowd, IT Manager