“Our business is highly collaborative,” says Ron Sattan, VP of North America IT and Global Infrastructure at Mott MacDonald. “We have expertise across the globe that needs to participate in a project or in an effort we’re designing for our clients.”
Office 365 proved to be the ideal platform for allowing this multinational firm to collaborate most efficiently. As an early adopter, Mott MacDonald took complete advantage of the full suite of tools within Office 365—from facilitating video conference calls via Skype for Business Online to sharing files through SharePoint Online and OneDrive. They are also looking towards the future with Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365.
“The digital tools that we use today allow us to collaborate and see things in real time,” Sattan explains. “Our productivity has gone up substantially since we’ve adopted these types of collaborative tools.”
Skype for Business Online proved to be a real game changer, and cost-saver, by allowing true real-time collaboration, no matter the time zone. “It costs money to bring people from Singapore to London to the U.S.,” Sattan says. “We can now hold those meetings with almost no cost.” Beyond the talk and video conferencing functionality, the chat, file sharing, and screen sharing capabilities of Skype for Business Online have made instant communication and collaboration effortless.
These efforts are impacting the way employees work in and out of the office. “[Before], we'd have to send people to the project sites for prolonged periods of time. Someone might have to leave their home for six months to work on a project. Today, that could be reduced substantially, or eliminated,” said Sattan.