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Posted: 4/4/2013
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V8 Supercars Super Fast Collaboration

See how v8 Supercars used Office 365 to bypass server upgrades and fast-track growth

COMPANY PROFILE  

V8 Supercars is an international motorsport, media and entertainment company based in Australia. It employs 70 full-time staff with a network of approximately 1600 contractors and volunteers to manage race teams, events and broadcasts to more than 130 countries and online.

THE CHALLENGE

V8 Supercars had outgrown its current IT infrastructure and wanted a cost-effective, flexible platform to support its expansion plans. With a highly mobile team setting up, delivering and broadcasting race events all over the world, it was critical to provide fast, efficient access to email and company files from virtually any location.

THE SOLUTION

V8 Supercars moved to Microsoft Office 365, giving everyone in the business stable, reliable access to their files, email and modern collaboration tools when they’re working in their Gold Coast headquarters, Sydney office or from various trackside locations in Australia and around the world.

“It was a smooth transition with Office 365 once we got underway. Our IT partner Sinapse worked with us on the implementation with immediate results,” says Peter Trimble, Director of Finance and Systems.

“Connecting our people securely to their email and their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with no downtime is key to operating our business,” says Trimble.

“Our business runs primarily on contracts and intellectual property. Now we can have multiple people access and collaborate on a single document in real time, from almost anywhere,” he explains.

Poised to expand its brand into new overseas markets, the company plans to use Lync videoconferencing and instant messaging to further improve collaboration. “Keeping our staff connected with videoconferencing, document collaboration and email will be even more critical in future. Office 365 supports these growth plans, helping us control our costs along the way,” says Trimble.

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* We are extremely cost conscious. When we looked at it, we saw that moving to Office 365 wouldn’t cost more than maintaining our old systems. *

Peter Trimble,
Director of Finance and Systems,
V8 Supercars

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THE RESULTS AND BENEFITS

Access to documents on the go: Wherever they’re working, the V8 Supercar team will be able to easily access everything they need via SharePoint to efficiently plan and deliver adrenaline-pumping events, media and entertainment to fans

Real-time editing: The V8 Supercar team will have the capabilities to work simultaneously from different locations on single documents, whether using Excel to scrutinise fuel consumption or PowerPoint to build powerful commercial pitches to lock in new sponsors.

Seamless collaboration: Their internal team travelling across the country or overseas can continue to work, communicate and collaborate across multiple devices using intuitive instant messaging and conferencing.

Secure: Backed up by Microsoft datacentres, V8 Supercars can be confident that their own IT remains secure and safe from downtime.

Easier expansion: V8 Supercars can now give staff fast, simple access to familiar tools, documents, email and collaboration from a variety of locations, across multiple devices, supporting the company’s global growth plans.

Simpler IT: With a pay-as-you-go model and straightforward deployment, there’s no need to continue investing in servers, simplifying IT budgets and management.

Solution Overview



Organization Size: 1600 employees

Organization Profile
V8 Supercars is an international motorsport, media and entertainment company based in Australia. It employs 70 full-time staff with a network of approximately 1600 contractors and volunteers to manage race teams, events and broadcasts to more than 130 countries and online.

Software and Services
Microsoft Office 365

Vertical Industries
Media and Entertainment Equipment Providers

Country/Region
Australia

Business Need
  • Business Productivity
  • Mobility
  • Cloud & Server Platform

IT Issue
  • High Performance Computing
  • Hosted Messaging and Collaboration
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Services

Languages
English

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