SLGOU thwarts Mother Nature’s fury and adopts Office 365
The Southern Local Government Officers Union (SLGOU) assists local government employees with employment matters. They serve a number of employees in Canterbury and Otago and are based in Christchurch and Dunedin.
During the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, SLGOU experienced significant disruption. Following the February 2011 earthquake, their main office was inaccessible in the CBD Red Zone for about 3 months and files were out of reach. Operations had to continue using a makeshift email system, cell phones and the few files that were situated out of the office at the time. While their server was not damaged during the earthquake and was subsequently recovered , the events forced a rethink about how SLGOU could improve their continuity of business in this new earthquake zone.
SLGOU started with a free Microsoft Office 365 and we helped them to get to know all the features. Once the decision was made to implement Office 365, we used the balance of the trial period to begin the implementation, making a saving for SLGOU in subscription fees.
SLGOU chose Microsoft Office 365 because it gave them the ability to work outside the office and have business continuity if the office was inaccessible again. The “per user” monthly plan meant that services were straight forward to setup and enabled them to replace their Small Business Server with a more cost effective NAS setup. SLGOU were also able to replace their desktop’s with laptops for their staff to ensure maximum flexibility whenever there was a need to work away from the office.
SLGOU found the Olympic team both friendly and knowledgeable and absolutely invaluable in guiding them through the setup and transition process from the old SBS Exchange system to Office 365. SLGOU are particularly impressed how easy it is to contact the Olympic team via Microsoft Lync. This program enables, VoIP or video calling, screen sharing and remote control, making it easy to demonstrate program features, provide live on-line training or directly sort out problems on clients computers with ease.
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