We had no integrated solution to manage our staff database, no shared calendar to schedule lifeguard shifts or training, no unified communications scheme. Everything was done manually across different platforms. It wasn’t very efficient.
Our agent network is an extension of our traditional branch network. Agents contact our customers at home or work and conduct business with them in a cost-effective way. Agent turnover is high. Most of them have other jobs and few of them have any specialized knowledge of IT.
Within only six months of implementing our hosted Microsoft Outlook with Unified Communication Services solution, we managed to integrate our staff communications, save tens of thousands of euros in travel costs, and free up over 1,500 man-days in staff resources to do what we do best – saving lives on our country’s lakes and rivers.
We tried to maintain such address books and mail groups manually, but it proved extremely expensive and inefficient, and never had a good acceptance rate by agents. We were looking for a solution that would make change management easy and professional—adding new executives, deleting retired agents, or changing passwords.
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The Microsoft partner also offered high system availability backed by a service level agreement. Neostratus impressed us with its depth of experience, local language support for our team and customers, and the self-service features of its control panel—not to mention the low cost.