When i3solutions, a business consulting company with more than 65 employees, improves an IT system, it usually isn’t its own. The company serves commercial and government customers, but recently decided to focus on the best technology solutions for its internal business.
i3solutions wanted to connect its project team, which was dispersed across offices and geographies, while shortening document review and project management cycles. The company also needed a way to manage documents online, which would allow customer to see their own project progress—and eliminate the habit of sending team members large documents via email.
i3solutions embarked on a four-month evaluation of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 versus competitive cloud-based offerings. After the test, i3solutions chose in favor of Microsoft.
“Lack of true compatibility is the real, underlying problem with…Office impersonators,” says Linc Williams, director of strategic solutions at i3solutions. “Richly formatted documents can’t be created or don’t keep their formatting. Worse, some can’t be opened. How can you run a business based on unreliable documents?”
i3solutions now uses Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Workspace 2010 and Microsoft Office Web Apps. The company estimates it has saved more than $100,000 per month, due to increased productivity. Twenty day document review cycles were slashed to two days—saving an average of $15,000 to $20,000 per project! Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft SharePoint also allowed i3solutions to reduce their servers’ email attachment space by 50 percent.
See i3solutions’ full story at Microsoft.com, and read about Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 offerings here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/ and http://sharepoint.microsoft.com.