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HubOne lands record T-Suite deal with Steinhoff

HubOne lands record T-Suite deal with Steinhoff

HubOne will take charge of managing the furniture retailer’s cloud migration, rolling out Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite across 1050 seats

Cloud integrator, HubOne, has landed a deal with furniture company, Steinhoff Asia-Pacific, to supply Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) via Telstra’s T-Suite portal.

Steinhoff’s chain of retail outlets includes Snooze, Freedom Furniture and Bay Leather Republic. The company retains 154 retail outlets and about 2500 employees across Asia-Pacific.

HubOne will take charge of managing the retailer’s cloud migration, rolling out the service across 1050 seats.

The integration process is expected to be completed by May.

The Microsoft BPOS suite replaces Steinhoff’s current IBM Lotus Notes environment.

HubOne managing director, Nick Beaugeard, told ARN the deal was the largest local T-Suite deployment to date.

Under the terms of the deal, 600 seats will be deployed as Microsoft Exchange Online Deskless Worker, with the remaining 400 users having access to the full BPOS suite.

HubOne will also be training Steinhoff staff and will also be providing software migration tool, Binary Tree.

BPOS provides messaging and collaboration capabilities such as email, shared calendars and contacts, group workspaces and Web conferencing facilities, delivered through a subscription service via the Internet.

The suite includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, Office Live Meeting and Microsoft Exchange Online Deskless Worker.

Beaugeard said it went through a competitive request for tender process, and it was notified last week that it was rewarded the contract.

“We’re doing a bit of proprietary paper work at the moment, and then we’ll be rolling out in the next couple of weeks and migrating data across,” he said.

“Even though it’s a large number of seats, it’s a fairly simple migration.”

The news comes on the back of resellers signalling issues with gaining BPOS commission payments from Telstra.

Paradyne principal consultant, Loryan Strant, said in a discussion forum on LinkedIn that payments were three months behind.

Telstra said it was due to a technical issue that occurred in October last year, which affected commission payments to some T-Suite partners.

“It was identified and fixed late last year, and we have manually calculated and are making back payments for the affected period,” Telstra spokesperson, Rod Bruem said.

Both Telstra and Microsoft are addressing the issue, and Beaugeard said there was a bunch of people working hard to resolve the problem.

“I’m pretty confident it will be sorted out soon,” he said. “It’s kind of always like that when you work with a large business, and you’re a small partner, it’s hard to get yourself heard.”

“We’re starting to see remittance advice's appear, so they’re obviously cracking through it.”


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Tags Steinhoff Asia-PacificMicrosoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)IBM Lotus NotesBay Leather RepublicSharePoint Onlinecloud migrationTelstra’s T-SuiteSnoozecloud computingFreedom FurnitureMicrosoft Exchange OnlineHubOne

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