Today, many companies are facing the same challenges: how to improve communications and increase productivity, while reducing operational costs, and they are increasingly looking at unified communications software to help meet and solve these challenges. Last month, we highlighted telecom customers that are implementing Office Communications Server 2007. This month, we are taking a look at how manufacturing businesses are benefiting from implementing Microsoft’s unified communications software.

Take BMW for example. BMW implemented the recently launched Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to take advantage of the improved desktop sharing and enhanced audio/video capabilities.  The company expects to have up to 17,000 employees using Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in 2009.  In particular, the desktop sharing helps extensively with training, allows engineers to share design specifications and to keep project completion times on schedule, and lets external vendors to participate when needed using Office Communicator Web Access. For more info on BMW’s unified communications solution, check out the full case study here: BMW: Leading Automaker Takes Employee Collaboration to New Heights with Communication Software.

For other ways manufacturing companies—from auto-makers to consumer goods manufacturers—are using Office Communications Server to solve their business needs, take a look at these case studies: