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Bank of America Increases Efficiency with Messaging Infrastructure Upgrade
Bank of America, one of the world’s foremost financial institutions, provides its services through 6,100 retail banking offices and nearly 18,500 ATMs. For its 300,000 employees, e-mail is a business-critical communication channel. Through 2009, Bank of America has successfully maintained 99.999 percent availability for its employees, but with growing demand on an aging infrastructure, it faced memory and performance issues that it needed to address before they started to affect operations. In August 2009, Bank of America joined the Microsoft® Rapid Deployment Program and deployed a pilot of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to evaluate how to improve its messaging environment. After deploying the pilot, Bank of America found that it would be able to perform administrative tasks more efficiently, increase service to its internal lines of business, and reduce costs.
Cruise Line Upgrades Messaging Solution to Improve Business-Critical Communication
Carnival faced a challenge as its messaging solution became more cumbersome to manage, particularly in terms of disaster recovery and solution administration. In August 2009, Carnival joined the Microsoft® Rapid Deployment Program and deployed a pilot of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 to evaluate how to improve its existing environment.
Case Study: Mindjet
As a tool that enables people to visually connect ideas and information, Mindjet’s MindManager 8 for Windows needs to enable users to interact with that information in ways that are fast and intuitive. To better meet that need, the company added support for several new features in Windows 7. Mindjet took advantage of multitouch gestures to make the user experience more fluid and natural, used Windows Taskbar thumbnail previews to facilitate working with several maps at once, and built on Jump Lists to provide faster access to common tasks—all contributing to a more natural, intuitive, and productive user experience. The company was able to deliver its updated version of MindManager quickly and cost-effectively, and expects the new release of its flagship software to help drive new sales.
Case Study: Iconics
ICONICS is a leading global provider of industrial automation software used to monitor and control operations. The company’s software commonly runs on industrial computers with touch-screens, where it needs to enable customers to visualize and interact with 3-D representations of complex physical systems in natural, realistic ways. ICONICS is meeting that need by building on new features in Windows 7 such as support for multitouch, Jump Lists, and the Windows Taskbar, which enable users to interact with its software using natural gestures and fewer steps. By “lighting up” its software on Windows 7 in these ways, which took very little developer effort, ICONICS is providing a richer application experience for its customers and is gaining a strong market advantage over its competitors.
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For nearly 50 years, Kellwood Company has designed, manufactured and marketed many of the country’s most popular women’s clothing brands. With millions of SKUs and an ever-expanding portfolio, employees struggled with accessing and utilizing key business data with its existing ERP system. The company turned to a Microsoft® Business Intelligence solution and as a result has reinvented the way its employees work. Now with a self-serve reporting model, Kellwood is better optimizing its resources to ensure its retail products are among today—and tomorrow’s—top fashion buys.
Classified Ventures, owner of such Web brands as Apartments.com, Cars.com, and HomeGain, had an intranet linking its 1,000+ employees that had not kept pace with the evolution of the organization itself. By mid 2008, most employees used it as little more than a corporate phone book. Classified Ventures executives wanted to revitalize the internal communications infrastructure, so they decided to build out a new intranet based on Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007. They engaged Project Leadership Associates (PLA) of Chicago to do the design, development and deployment, and within five months Classified Ventures had a new intranet that enables employees to find each other and interact with the company in ways that are easier, more rewarding, more efficient, and more gratifying. Along the way, Classified Ventures found an IT services partner with which it could work very well.
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Minnesota-based Security-Victor Insurance needed to replace its aging server hardware. When considering a new solution, the agency decided to improve its disaster recovery capability and simplify server management. After consulting with Mytech Partners, a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, Security-Victor deployed Windows Server® 2008 R2 Foundation. At the same time, it moved its e-mail system to Microsoft Exchange Online, managing the authentication and access for both the e-mail service and a hosted proprietary application with the new operating system. Now, the agency has a reliable server solution that improves disaster recovery and lowers costs. Along with ease of installation and management, Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation offers the right-sized solution for the agency today and an easy upgrade path as the business grows.
News America Inc. (NAI) provides corporate services to News Corporation, a global media company. Based in New York, where cubicle space is expensive, NAI has many employees who work remotely. NAI is deploying the Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems with the DirectAccess feature to simplify remote connectivity. NAI will use DirectAccess to improve users’ experience, streamline management, avoid a virtual private network hardware purchase, and help achieve green IT goals.
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A recognized world leader in technology research and development, 3M wanted to make its decades of expertise in the workings of the human visual system available as a service to customers. Using the Windows Azure™ platform, 3M created a Web-based application that gives designers the ability to invoke complex algorithms to analyze the effectiveness of a design, based on how the human eye will respond. By hosting its application in Microsoft® data centers, 3M has made an innovative service available to a global audience, while minimizing its investment in hardware infrastructure and ongoing administration. The solution, which permitted developers to evaluate frequent iterations of the application, helped the company speed time-to-market for its service and achieve higher quality results, faster than in a traditional development environment.
U.S. Xpress is a Tennessee-based truckload carrier with a reputation for delivering excellent customer service and using innovative technology to do so. In the mid-2000s, the company deployed an in-cab solution that automates engine diagnostics and provides communication, navigation, and training-video presentation capabilities. The solution was so successful that U.S. Xpress decided to expand its effectiveness by redesigning the user interface using Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) and other rich-client technologies from Microsoft. Having deployed the new version of its solution to roughly half of its 4,600-truck fleet, the company anticipates that the enhancements will help it boost the productivity of key employees, retain skilled drivers in this high-turnover industry, enhance safety management, and significantly reduce IT costs.
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