Microsoft IT cuts telelphony costs by deploying OCS 2007 R2 (bet they got a good deal on their CALs!)

January 26th, 2010 | Tags: ,

Deploying OCS definitely delivers cost benefits, R2 specifically offers an in-built conference bridge service – many enterprise spend £1,000’s on managed offerings. Brett Johnson explains how MS UK saved in excess of £3.5 in one year!

Taken from Brett Johnson’s Blog:

I needed to get permission to post this, but now I have, here is our real example of how Office Communications Server R2 (OCS R2) has been deployed in our Dublin data centre and as such, enabling all Microsoft UK employees the capability of reducing travel expenditure as well as our 3rd party conferencing costs but utilising the native capabilities of OCS R2, namely: Live Meeting and Audio Conferencing.

Compelling reading for any case study.

“In Microsoft UK, the Sales & Marketing and Support Group has seen average cost reductions of over 50% in both T&E and Telecoms, generating savings of £3.6m saving year on year (over the period from November 2008 to Oct 2009 compared to the previous 12 months)

· T&E costs savings are 51% T&E (£3.3m)

· Telecom costs savings are 54% Telecoms (£320k)

The cost savings are due to the adoption of Unified Communication and Live Meeting and changes in the travel policy. The travel policy changes resulted in many business meetings being hosted online and therefore business continued as before.”

Source: here