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Nordic hotel chain reduces costs with cloud computing strategy
By: Lisa Boch-Andersen, Senior Director for Communications Europe
15 September 2011

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In this case study, you can read about how cloud computing helps a Nordic hotel chain save up to 3 million SEK on IT maintenance costs annually.

Scandic, the Nordic region’s leading hotel chain, wanted to explore the possibility of upgrading and centralizing its IT infrastructure to add new capabilities and lower costs.

Once it was independent from Hilton’s IT organization and standards, Scandic started to develop its own IT strategy. Scandic was expanding by building new hotels, which involves many interactions within the organization and with suppliers. The company thus wanted a more automated way of communicating and collaborating, to speed new hotel rollouts.

The company is evaluating the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite to give employees a more flexible, streamlined way to communicate and share information with guests, hotels, and to increase productivity.

Scandic expects to reduce its servers by 50 percent, reduce IT support, and lower electrical costs.

"With Microsoft Online Services, we could save 3 million SEK annually in server depreciation costs, as well as reduce our support costs."

Pia Hofstedt Director of IT, Scandic

Small & Medium Enterprises are the backbone of Europe’s economy. We work hard with governments and industry to ensure that SMEs get the most out of technology. Thanks to cloud computing that has pervasive benefits throughout the economy, SMEs can now exploit economies of scale, to rapidly expand their business and offer innovative solutions with less risk. This space on our website is dedicated to innovative European SMEs and the added-value of cloud computing to their businesses.

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