Thwarting the misconception that cloud migration is time consuming, Microsoft Singapore announced that it took less than two days to migrate Korvac Holdings (Korvac) to the cloud-based Office 365.
Korvac is a Singapore-based firm that builds businesses and services around electronic payments for credit and debit cards. It previously used an on-premise infrastructure running Lotus Notes that had to be tunneled through a virtual private network (VPN) connection, as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server, to enable its 200 employees in the Asia Pacific region to collaborate.
However, the old system was "not as dynamic" as it needed to be and cost the firm around S$60,000 to S$70,000 annually for maintenance and management, said Shane Raj, management information systems manager of Korvac. "We had to hire a dedicated IT administrator just to manage our email client and had to pay monthly fees for a dedicated server to host emails on an offsite data centre," he added.
After evaluating various productivity and collaboration solutions in terms of cost and performance, the firm decided to deploy Office 365. The process was easily executed via an online tool and took less than 48 hours to complete, according to Microsoft Singapore's press statement dated 8 January 2015.
With Office 365 and Exchange Online, Korvac's employees are now able to easily access their email anywhere and on any device without having to worry about a VPN connection slowing down access. The sales and marketing teams can easily share files internally or with external partners too.
Employees can also use Lync -- a unified communications platform that is part of the Office 365 subscription --to further collaborate with each other. For instance, Lync can be used to enable the tech support team to remotely resolve technical issues in a manner akin to desktop sharing.
Office 365's ability to scale easily contributed to the firm's decision to deploy the solution too. Since the Office 365 Enterprise E3 plan is based on a pay-per-use model, Korvac can easily adjust the number of users subscribed as staffing requirements fluctuate. " With Office 365 being hosted on the cloud, it enables small and medium businesses like Korvac to achieve greater agility and scale in accordance to their business needs," said Ngiam Foong Chee, director of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Singapore. "It also helps companies do away with large upfront infrastructure costs and compliance concerns, which translates to improved productivity and cost efficiencies across the board."
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