The March of Dimes selected cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 for its ease of use and interoperability with existing systems. Now it estimates cost savings of US$600,000 over the next five years. We recently spoke to Alan Brogdon, Chief Technology Officer at the March of Dimes to learn why.
Q: Please tell us about The March of Dimes.
Brogdon: For 75 years, the March of Dimes has worked to find remedies for premature births, birth defects, and related health problems that affect both mothers and their babies. In concert with our local chapters nationwide, we support research and provide outreach and education in every state. Through the generosity of donors and volunteers, we continue to grow and now have approximately 2,000 employees.
Q: Why did you investigate a cloud services solution to manage your messaging and collaboration?
Brogdon: We had used our on-premises email system for six years. And as the organization grew, so did our need for scalable storage capacity, which can be costly to provide. We were also looking to gain the same level of failover protection that we had without the need for as much physical infrastructure. We started comparing costs between keeping our email on-site and moving to the cloud and the potential savings was really compelling.
Q: Why did you choose Office 365 specifically?
Brogdon:To make the investment worthwhile, the solution needed to be easy to use, work with applications we already depend on, and come with reliable support from the cloud provider. Office 365 fully meets these criteria. Its usability is well established. Microsoft provides great support. And Office 365 interoperates with the applications and systems that our organization runs on. That includes everything from Active Directory and Citrix XenDesktop to the Microsoft Office tools that practically every employee at the March of Dimes uses. As part of our evaluation process, we actually surveyed employees. When we asked, do you find Microsoft Outlook easy to use, the answer was a resounding yes. That definitely stood out for us. Finally, we were relieved to find that Office 365 doesn’t have hidden costs required to migrate each user to the cloud or to implement archiving and discovery capabilities. With a less-comprehensive cloud solution, those charges would have added up quickly.
Q: What benefits are you experiencing by using Office 365?
Brogdon: The biggest benefit has to be the cost savings. We calculated that by moving to Microsoft Exchange Online, we will save $120,000 a year over the next five years for a total anticipated savings of $600,000. But the savings wouldn’t be worth the risk if the solution didn’t meet all of our requirements for performance and ease of use. I can confidently say that only Microsoft offers the enterprise-grade cloud communication and productivity tools that we need. We’re thrilled with how well Office 365 has been adopted across the organization. Now that we have access to on-demand storage, people have frequently commented to me about how fast their email is performing, and how much more they can get done, which ultimately helps us better deliver on our mission.
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