Chemical group BASF is using the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 system to connect its 112,000 global staff.
By mid-2015, said BASF, all employee email accounts will be migrated to Microsoft Office 365.
All BASF staff will be able to access their emails and documents from any location, and the Office suite will also improve collaboration among teams, said BASF. It added the cloud solution can be "scaled more flexibly than stationary IT and be expanded easily and rapidly as the size of the organisation grows".
Wiebe van der Horst, senior vice president for global process and enterprise architecture at BASF group information services and supply chain operations, said: "The goal of this global implementation is to establish an efficient and user-friendly IT solution that supports our business processes optimally, and which works independent of the devices our staff members use.”
In the future, BASF said it will also rely on Microsoft technology for managing the company’s smartphones. Using Windows Intune, BASF said it will be able to "administer mobile devices far more efficiently from the cloud".
BASF used to be an IBM Notes (formerly known as Lotus Notes) email user.