Headquartered in Bad Homburg, Germany, Fresenius Medical Care is one of the world’s leading providers of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis treatments. The company runs a network of more than 3,000 dialysis clinics around the world and treats more than 250,000 patients each year.
The company had been using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 since 2010. In April 2012, the Fresenius Medical Care Global Manufacturing Operations adopted SharePoint 2013 with a long-term vision to migrate all SharePoint 2010 dashboards and use SharePoint 2013 as the central collaboration and social system.
The company sought a collaboration solution that would interoperate easily with Microsoft Office applications, streamline permissions management, and provide access to corporate resources from any browser or device. Fresenius Medical Care wanted also to improve document management. “We were using IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Quickr to share documents, but it lacked document control features,” says Helge Hoehn, Senior Expert SharePoint and Project Manager at Fresenius Netcare, the IT service provider for Fresenius Medical Care. “We needed easier ways for teams to collaborate.”
To test importing production data from the SAP BW, the company conducted a pilot program with SharePoint 2013. The pilot was designed to deliver highly secure business intelligence reports to the company’s executive team. After it installed the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system on a virtual machine, the company migrated its SharePoint 2010 dashboards to SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment and tested the site.
By adopting SharePoint 2013, Fresenius Medical Care Global Manufacturing Operations provides executives with dynamic data visualizations, gives employees access from almost anywhere, increases productivity, and solves permissions challenges. “SharePoint 2013 is one of the best business solutions I’ve ever encountered,” says Hoehn. “It’s easy to work with and it interoperates well with other Microsoft technologies. You can use it to manage various business needs, from collaboration to business intelligence.”
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