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Hydra   6 reviews
Web Advertising Optimisation Firm Uses Cloud Solution for Phrase Marketing Analysis
2 page Case Study posted: 09/30/2011

Newly launched internet marketing technology provider Hydra adopted a cloud-based solution to track and analyse the language used about its customers’ products on the web. The company launched its One platform using the Windows Azure cloud operating system, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in. Because of the scalability of Windows Azure, Hydra is delivering results to customers in 20 minutes that would have taken up to three weeks by traditional methods.

  • Publication Date:
  • 09/30/2011
  • Industries:
  • IT Services
  • Business Need:
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Cost Containment
  • E-Commerce
  • Support and Services
  • Country/Region:
  • United Kingdom
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
  • E-Commerce
  • Software + Services
Matrix   2 reviews
Web Company Delivers Search-Driven User Experience to around 8,100 Internet Sites
4-page Case Study posted: 06/28/2011

Matrix—the internet company for Telecom Italia—focuses on technology and digital marketing. It delivers Virgilio.it, which provides news, music, email, and video services to around 15 million users a month, as well as around 8,100 local websites for towns in Italy. In a highly competitive environment, Matrix wanted to improve customer experience, support more sophisticated marketing initiatives and cross selling, and drive users to revenue-generating sites. In 2004, Matrix began using FAST Enterprise Search Platform—now owned by Microsoft—and has subsequently enhanced the environment with Bing Maps and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for Internet Business. Customers receive more accurate search results, increasing the number of click-throughs. With more than 500 sales agents, the local advertising business is achieving triple-digit growth, driven by enhanced enterprise search features.

  • Publication Date:
  • 06/28/2011
  • Industries:
  • Media & Cable
  • Advertising
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Data Management
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Web and Search
  • SOA and Business Process
  • Country/Region:
  • Italy
  • Software and Services:
  • Bing Technologies
  • Microsoft FAST Search Server
  • Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010
  • Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for Internet Business
  • IT Issue:
  • Digital Content Management
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Portals
  • Enterprise Content Management
Telstra Media Classifieds   3 reviews
Online auctioneer slashes invoice processing times and support costs with new automated billing system
4-page Case Study posted: 05/25/2011

Telstra Media Classifieds wanted to improve the invoicing system at their online listings business, Trading Post. They wanted to eliminate legacy systems, manual data transfer processes and costly double-checking of customer invoices. In late 2010, Telstra Media Classifieds deployed Microsoft Dynamics® AX with the help of Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, Tectura. The new billing system integrated with the company’s back-end Oracle data warehouse. It gives staff excellent business performance visibility, and generates reliable invoices in a fraction of the time taken by its predecessors. Telstra Media Classifieds has dramatically cut their overheads, reducing invoicing staff by 75% and server infrastructure by 50%. Customers now get a better, faster service, and the business can grow more easily because its invoicing system can be easily integrated with many other platforms.

  • Publication Date:
  • 05/25/2011
  • Industries:
  • Other Services
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Data Management
  • E-Commerce
  • Country/Region:
  • Australia
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server Technologies
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX Technologies
  • Microsoft Dynamics ERP
  • IT Issue:
  • E-Commerce
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
buuteeq   1 reviews
buuteeq
4-page Case Study posted: 05/20/2011

buuteeq’s initial product is a Digital Marketing System (DMS) for hotels that helps drive direct engagement with prospective guests by putting the hotels’ brands directly in front of potential guests via the marketing channels where over 90% of hotel discovery and buying decisions are made: on the Web, on mobile phones, and in social networks such as Facebook. By using Microsoft® Expression Studio 4 Ultimate™ with Blend and SketchFlow to build the first version of its DMS, buuteeq was able to create realistic prototypes more rapidly and gather internal and client feedback more effectively. As a result, buuteeq realized significant time and cost savings and had the necessary tools to bring a better, more advanced product to market.

  • Publication Date:
  • 05/20/2011
  • Industries:
  • Hospitality & Travel
  • Business Need:
  • E-Commerce
  • Country/Region:
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Expression
  • IT Issue:
  • E-Commerce
Grays Online   2 reviews
New testing system saves time and increases accountability for e-commerce organisation
Video Only posted: 05/20/2011

Grays Online are an online retailer who were having issues with the current method they were using to test whether coding could be released onto the internet – having to wait between three to four hours in most cases. The company was already using Microsoft® Visual Studio 2008 and .NET stack, and decided to upgrade to Microsoft®Visual Studio 2010, which was released with Microsoft® Test Manager 2010. Engaging the services of KJ Ross, a Microsoft Certified Partner, the company was able to boost their working knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the capabilities of the software. This new software has made the testing process a breeze – at any time the company can log on and see not only what tests are running, but also track the status of each particular test. This has reduced testing time by more than half , and has given the company a fantastic platform for growth.

  • Publication Date:
  • 05/20/2011
  • Industries:
  • Retail and Consumer Goods
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • E-Commerce
  • Country/Region:
  • Australia
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • IT Issue:
  • E-Commerce
  • High Performance Computing
YESSS Telekommunikation   4 reviews
Austria-Based Prepaid Telecoms Provider Offers Free Messaging Services to Customers
2 page Case Study posted: 05/06/2011

Discount telecommunications provider YESSS! Telekommunikation, based in Austria, wanted to offer its prepaid subscribers a free email, instant messaging, photo sharing, and data storage solution. The firm launched these services to its 600,000 subscribers through the Windows Live network of internet services. YESSS! is highly satisfied with the enthusiastic customer response and intends to extend the solution to new smartphone applications.

  • Publication Date:
  • 05/06/2011
  • Industries:
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Network Service Providers
  • Business Need:
  • Cost Containment
  • E-Commerce
  • Mobility
  • Country/Region:
  • Austria
  • Software and Services:
  • Windows Live
  • IT Issue:
  • Digital Content Management
  • E-Commerce
  • Hosted Messaging and Collaboration
GEICO   40 reviews
Major Car Insurer Sees 60 Percent Faster Time-to-Market on Windows Phone 7
4-page Case Study posted: 04/01/2011

Geico needed to develop its GloveBox app for Windows Phone 7 quickly to debut at the then-imminent launch of the Microsoft phone—yet it wanted full feature parity with its version for the iPhone. Geico met these goals and more through its use of the familiar Microsoft .NET development environment, the distinctive “Metro” interface of Windows Phone 7, and a close and supportive relationship with Microsoft. Geico produced its app for Windows Phone 7—using prerelease code—40 percent faster than it had developed the iPhone version and believes development would have been significantly faster had mature code been available. GloveBox for Windows Phone 7 reinforces the Geico brand with stronger graphics and design than is possible on other phones. Geico now has about 90 percent coverage in the phone market and can attract more of the coveted “millennials” demographic to its business.

  • Publication Date:
  • 04/01/2011
  • Industries:
  • Insurance
  • Business Need:
  • Mobility
  • Country/Region:
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Bing Maps
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Suites
  • Microsoft Office Mobile
  • Windows Phone 7
  • IT Issue:
  • Desktop, Device and Server Management
  • E-Commerce
SAPO   6 reviews
Portugal Telecom Subsidiary Helps Ensure Revenue Opportunities in the Cloud
4-page Case Study posted: 03/24/2011

SAPO, a brand and subsidiary of Portugal Telecom (PT), saw the potential for developing new converged products, which bring together web and mobile telecommunications. As a result, it wanted to expose PT network services to developers to create applications and generate additional advertisement and subscription revenue. It deployed its on-premises Service Delivery Broker (SDB) to the cloud using Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure in collaboration with the TM Forum, an industry association that promotes best practices in IT. The project has shown how SAPO developers and third parties can now rapidly create value in the cloud. The worldwide developer community’s familiarity with Microsoft tools, together with development productivity supported by Windows Azure was a major factor in the choice of a cloud-based platform.

  • Publication Date:
  • 03/24/2011
  • Industries:
  • Telecommunications
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Cost Containment
  • Mobility
  • SOA and Business Process
  • Support and Services
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Country/Region:
  • Portugal
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Azure
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
  • E-Commerce
  • Hosted Messaging and Collaboration
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Software + Services
Computershare   5 reviews
Investor Communications Specialist Floats IPO Platform into the Cloud and Cuts Costs
4-page Case Study posted: 01/10/2011

Global investor services specialist Computershare provides communications services to 30,000 clients in more than 20 countries. One of its technology tools - HKeIPO - is a platform that enables companies in Hong Kong that are about to float on the exchange to manage online prospectus requests and receive share applications. Computershare hosted HKeIPO at its own data centres. However, the large server capacity the platform required was idle between floats, and bandwidth spikes during the short float periods were enormous. In 2010, Computershare exported this platform into the cloud with Windows Azure. The move took 6 weeks and within a month the platform was used to host investor enquiries for one of Hong Kong’s biggest initial public offerings. The cloud-based platform-as-a-service easily accommodated peaks in service demand and cost less than 5% of the nominal costs of onsite hosting.

  • Publication Date:
  • 01/10/2011
  • Industries:
  • Capital Markets/Securities
  • Business Need:
  • Data Management
  • Business Critical
  • Cloud & Server Platform
  • Country/Region:
  • Australia
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure Platform
  • Microsoft Azure Platform Technologies
  • IT Issue:
  • Asset Management
  • Data Warehousing
  • Digital Content Management
  • E-Commerce
  • High Performance Computing
  • Cloud Services
  • Software + Services
TVC Sky Shop   5 reviews
Home Shopping Network Boosts Sales, Shortens Order to Delivery Cycle
4-page Case Study posted: 12/07/2010

Reduces Delivery Time by 75 Percent

  • Publication Date:
  • 12/07/2010
  • Partner(s):
  • Godrej Infotech Limited
  • Industries:
  • Retail and Consumer Goods
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Cost Containment
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Country/Region:
  • India
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft SQL Server Technologies
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX Technologies
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
  • IT Issue:
  • Asset Management
  • E-Commerce
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