Nature & Découvertes unifies communications with switch to Office 365

Efficient messaging. Enhanced security. Reduced costs. Those are among the benefits that French retailer Nature & Découvertes has obtained by switching to Microsoft Office 365.

Founded in 1990, Nature & Découvertes provides sustainable products and a program of nature activities for families, with the goal of helping urbanites connect to nature. The company had been using Microsoft Exchange Server with the Microsoft Outlook messaging client at its headquarters in Toussus-le-Noble, France, and a leading cloud-based email solution in its 85 retail stores throughout France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. However, the mix of technologies was inefficient, both technically and economically.

Frustrated by its experience working in a disparate email environment, Nature & Découvertes decided to deploy a unified messaging solution throughout its headquarters, stores, and warehouses. It eliminated its previous cloud-based email solution, and instead chose Office 365. Working with Microsoft Network Partner vNext, the company deployed the Office 365 kiosk plan at its retail stores and the full Office 365 business productivity suite for everyday users at its headquarters.

“Switching from our previous cloud-based email solution and providing Office 365 for all our coworkers was the first step in moving toward a completely collaborative workplace,” says Josselin Ollier, CIO at Nature & Découvertes.

So far, the benefits have been impressive:

  • Efficient messaging: Employees are reporting very high email satisfaction levels, both at headquarters and in the retail stores. After four months, “our service quality has improved and user feedback on the shared messaging platform is extremely positive,” says Ollier.
  • Enhanced security: Nature & Découvertes has also benefited from strengthened security and confidentiality for messages and documents. “Correspondence at Nature & Découvertes includes strategic conversations with attachments, which is why it’s important to have secure local message storage,” says Ollier.
  • Reduced costs. The company is also seeing clear financial benefits by switching to Office 365. In fact, officials say they expect to save a whopping  50 percent on messaging costs. Wow!

Efficient messaging. Enhanced security. Reduced costs. Three great reasons not to compromise when it comes to business productivity.

To learn more, please read the Nature & Découvertes case study.