Written by: Raj Badarinath
Raj Badarinath is the VP Marketing at WinWire Technologies Inc., Gold Certified Managed Partner specializing in collaboration and analytics focused around Microsoft SharePoint technologies with a global delivery model.
WinWire was founded in 2007 by ex-Microsoft professionals and has approximately 150 employees who are spread across our corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, CA and two development centers in Bangalore and Hyderabad in India.
When we founded WinWire Technologies more than three years ago, keeping operating costs as low as possible was essential to our success. Our communications infrastructure included a diverse range of consumer and business technologies including Google Gmail, Windows Live Messenger, Skype, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Since our employees were accustomed to and preferred the familiar experience of Office Outlook, we also used Microsoft Office on the desktop.
Gmail and Office Outlook never worked particularly well together, especially when it came to sending meeting invites outside the company. The concept of shared calendars for a distributed team was problematic. In addition, there were other issues of mobile access, message threading etc. that made it hard to continue with Gmail – clearly not an enterprise solution.
We soon found that the resultant mix of technologies was unwieldy for operating a global business. We knew we needed enterprise class solutions that would accommodate our growing business, hopefully from Microsoft.
The answer was in the recently released Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). After the release of BPOS, we ran a pilot program to test out the capability and scalability earlier this year. The pilot program passed with flying colors. The complete migration for all the employees then happened over a weekend without a hitch.
I can’t emphasize enough what an asset BPOS has been for us. Not only has it provided better tools for communication and collaboration but, the cloud has also opened up new revenue opportunities for WinWire. We expect to see approximately 10 percent of our new revenues to come from the solutions we’re currently building on the Microsoft cloud.
Having a partner that is walking the talk increases the confidence of customers who are considering a move to the cloud and creates a competitive advantage for us due to the savings we’ve experienced first-hand.