“Office 365 is future-proof. We can easily add our existing contractors now and new ones as we grow. All we have to do is give users the login information and they’re up and running in minutes.”
Tjeerd Nauta, Partner, Naumac
Naumac needed to provide its growing team of contractors with consistent, easy-to use IT solutions that would increase productivity and flexibility. While it considered on-premise infrastructure, the organization wanted to avoid the associated maintenance and personnel costs. Office 365 aligned with the business’ needs by helping boost productivity and delivering the scalability it had been seeking.
Consulting firm Naumac helps its clients in the telecom, IT, and utilities industries provide a “wow” factor in customer service that drives loyalty and satisfaction. Clients of the company have seen customer satisfaction rates improve by 20 percent, and productivity increase by up to 50 percent. Due to its success, Naumac is the one of the fastest-growing small businesses in Holland—an accomplishment that earned the business a Golden FD Gazelle Award from the Dutch Financial Times for substantial growth over a three-year period.
||Office 365 makes it easy to collaborate from anywhere and get more done in less time. Plus it’s extremely cost-effective.
To support its ongoing growth, Naumac wanted a cost-effective solution that would provide its 20 expert contractors—who worked on customer sites—with consistent IT tools. Before, these consultants each used different versions of Microsoft productivity suites and applications. They also lacked a centralized place to share information which meant having to spend time emailing files back and forth.
“We needed a solution that would support our contractors—one that wouldn’t require costly servers or the IT personnel to manage and maintain them,” says Tjeerd Nauta, partner of Naumac. “We also needed scalability, as we predict we'll double in size in the next two years.”
As remote workers, consultants often carried with them portable devices such as iPads. While this provided online access in any location, consultants found it difficult to upload, access, and update important files. As Nauta puts it, “Mobility is critical for us, but those devices don’t always integrate well with the applications we need, which is frustrating and really impedes productivity.”
Setting up weekly meetings was an additional challenge for the organization, as managers had no way of knowing when consultants were available, and could spend hours sending out meeting and calendar requests via Google Mail to determine a time that would work for everyone.
Naumac turned to Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Wortell, which recommended Microsoft Office 365 for its scalable, easy-to-use cloud-based management applications.
“Office 365 is future-proof,” he says. “We can add our existing contractors, and new ones as we grow. All we do is give users the login information and they’re up and running in minutes.”
Working in the cloud also helps the organization conserve thousands of dollars annually. “On-site servers are great, but they simply weren’t right for us, as they require bringing in additional staff to set up and maintain them. Office 365 gives us the power of a server without the costs,” says Nauta.
Naumac contractors no longer need to email files back and forth as they can now retrieve and share documents using Microsoft SharePoint Online—and everyone has access to the same productivity applications such as Microsoft Word 2010 and Excel 2010. Plus, Office 365 comes with a 99% uptime guarantee. “SharePoint Online improves collaboration by cutting down on email use and storing everything in one place,” notes Nauta. “With the uptime guarantee, we can work remotely on our iPads without worrying about lack of access to important information.”
Lync Online includes a presence indicator, so users can determine whether colleagues are at their desks and available. This has transformed the way Naumac employees communicate as they can connect and exchange ideas instantly regardless of location. Plus, users can share Microsoft Outlook calendars and view them side-by-side to schedule meetings at a convenient time rather than open a web browser to access Google Mail.
“Office 365 helps us drastically cut down on nonproductive time, such as the 40 hours we collectively spend each month simply setting up meetings,” says Nauta. “Every hour we gain is another hour we can build this business.”
Because Office 365 gives Naumac the IT capabilities it needs without the costs associated with on-site infrastructure, Nauta predicts a significant savings for the organization. “Office 365 makes it easy to collaborate from anywhere and get more done in less time. Plus it’s extremely cost-effective,” he says. “As we continue to grow, so will our savings.”
Significant Savings—and Scalability
Nauta forecasted the cost-savings of Office 365 for the next two years, stating that as the organization doubles in size, it could save up to €37,000 annually. “We’ll save thousands this year—and thousands more as we bring on additional consultants,” he says. “Office 365 is right-sized for us now and will continue to be as we grow.”
Naumac consultants can access, share, and edit documents from anywhere at any time thanks to SharePoint Online. “Our productivity will increase since there’s no need to email every last file to each other, which was exacerbated by the fact we had to rely on a separate email service. Now everything is available from one place—with a consistent, reliable Microsoft interface,” notes Nauta. “And we can use virtually any mobile device, which is critical for consultants as they’re constantly on the go.”
As Nauta states, “It’s easier to stay connected with Office 365. And we don’t need to send seemingly endless emails from a third-party application to determine everyone’s availability, which increases productivity. We’ll save a total of 900 hours annually, translating into €90,000 in reclaimed revenue.” He adds that the solution enables Naumac to improve its own customer service. “Office 365 helps us work the way we help our customers work: more productively and efficiently,” he says. “We can ‘walk the talk,’ adapt to new ways of working, and, most importantly, lead by example.”
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