Customer success stories: Small Business Server & cloud computing


We’ve just upload some new customer success stories into our resource centre – here’s a taste of what you’ll find.

Cycle stunt team MB7

MB7 runs a cycle stunt team that performs around the UK. Their business challenges revolve around booking shows and coordinating the riders’ schedules.  

“When I’m on the mountain, I can’t answer customer calls, which means losing potential business. And it wasn’t easy keeping the team organised,” says MD Iain Withers. “I wanted self-booking capabilities for our customers and the guys to take responsibility for their schedules.”

The solution: Windows Small Business Server 2011.

The benefits:  Now that The Clan is accessing files and sharing calendars, Withers is saving an hour a day of management time and is thinking about expanding internationally. “Windows Small Business Server supporting us from Scotland while we tour New Zealand? Perfect!” he says.

Mighty Village Records

Music Company, Mighty Village, deployed Microsoft Online Services to join up a team that worked in different parts of the country and, along with Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Windows 7, to improve productivity and efficiency.

The solution: Cloud computing with Microsoft Online Services

The benefits: “Microsoft Online Services gives Mighty Village flexibility. They don’t have to invest in hardware. They get upgrades, automated backups and so on. It lets them concentrate on their business rather than worrying about IT. Their business has expanded and now they have the right technology to support that growth.”

Talking Tables

Based in London, Talking Tables takes fun seriously, adding style to life's celebrations through its themed party table accessories and games sold at upmarket retailers and online. 

To expand internationally, Talking Tables needed to upgrade its existing server and add computers to its network. “Windows Small Business Server 2003 powered our growth in the U.K., and we wondered if the next version could help us,” says Mark McCormack, Cofounder and Director of Talking Tables. He needed to manage the computers of dispersed employees and find a more secure alternative to File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for the company’s printers in China to access graphic files. He also wanted staff to access files remotely.

The solution: Windows Small Business Server 2011

The benefits:  With Windows Small Business Server 2011, McCormack can manage the company’s IT infrastructure, avoiding a cost of £35,000 (U.S.$56,000) for an IT staffer’s salary.

Bettingjobs.com

Bettingjobs.com is the leading recruitment company for the i-gaming industry around the world. They had an in-house server that dealt with email for their 20 staff. However, there were several problems: it was approaching the end of its life and it was often too slow for comfort, especially for remote users.

The solution: Microsoft Exchange Online

The benefits: “We ended up spending less money and getting more flexibility and capability.”

 

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