Microsoft Office 365 chosen for HeartKids IT system overhaul

Office 365 seen as most affordable solution for unified platform for collaboration

HeartKids Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the lives of children with heart disease, has deployed Microsoft Office 365 as phase one of its IT system overhaul.

The deployment of Office 365 is predicted to grant a 20 per cent saving on the organisation’s annual budget.

HeartKids approached numerous providers with brief of requirements, looking to overcome its struggles with its existing disparate system, lack of visibility, and economy of scale due to varying license agreements, according to Computer Networks CSO, Richard Gibbs.

The organisation selected Office 365 as it provided it with collaboration through a unified communication platform that caters for its six offices across Australia, as well as its mobile workforce. Office 365 gives workers access and visibility to data via an Internet connection regardless of location.

Affordability was also a key consideration.

“As a charity, we’ve got to be responsible and accountable with the money that donors give us,” HeartKids CEO, Jann Kingston, said. “We always want to ensure that maximum funds go towards our charitable work and that any necessary costs are kept to a minimum.”

“At the same time, we have to balance this by taking a considered view of our environment, the way in which we work and the best tools for our employees to help them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.”

According to Gibbs, who advised HeartKids on their best options, Office 365 provided far better value dollar for dollar.

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