How the Lotus F1 Team implemented Office 365—the IT journey

In response to viewer requests for us to feature a real organization adopting Office 365, today we kick off a special series featuring the IT staff of the Lotus F1 Team to follow their implementation. The roll out spans their race, engineering, operations and design teams.

In this episode, I visit them at their Enstone headquarters in the middle of the race season where all focus is first and foremost on making the car faster and technology decisions are not taken lightly.

This first show explores the decisions around their IT implementation of Office 365. Having started almost a year ago, they began with Azure Active Directory integration, email and Skype for Business. The team share their tips for choosing between identity options, service configurations, hybrid architectures and discuss their mobile strategy.

Over 20 percent of their users are mobile, either racing, testing or designing the car or managing team logistics and operations, with at least 100 people traveling to 20 races in 20 different countries each year.

In the coming months we’ll chronicle their journey rolling out more of Office 365 to match their long term aspirations, including work automation and BI as well as secure file sharing. We’ll see if they meet their ultimate goal to provide secure, robust access to any piece of information on any device, from anywhere in the world.

—Jeremy Chapman