Let's take a quick break from NAB-related posts for an exciting announcement of a different type. Today, we announced that power and automation technology company ABB will deploy Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer to its employees worldwide. ABB operates in over 100 countries and employs over 145,000 people, and they are moving their collaboration and messaging solutions to Office 365 to provide a single platform for productivity, communication, collaboration and enterprise social networking in the cloud.

Office 365 integrates a number of typical functionalities that employees use in their daily work. The email, online meeting, and videoconferencing services work seamlessly together, and in large organizations such as ABB that typically reduce travel costs by 15 to 20 percent. ABB is rapidly embracing enterprise social networking solutions, implementing Yammer as its companywide platform to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing across the organization. ABB also plans to take full advantage of the planned integration between Office 365 and Yammer. Read the full press release of the announcement here.