The parent company of British Airways and Iberia, International Airlines Group (IAG), has signed a sizeable deal with Microsoft for its 58,000 employees to use Office 365.
The deal will mean staff around the world will be able to use a raft of Microsoft tools covering Exchange Online, SharePoint, Lync and Yammer to help improve collaboration and have access to cloud-based tools for on-the-go productivity.
Yammer in particular was cited as a key tool for the staff as it can allow collaboration on business issues from any location, which is vital for staff working for airlines.
The chief information officer of IAG, Nigel Underwood, said the decision to go with Microsoft would prove of enormous benefit to employees, by helping create a single platform on which staff can use a broad resource of key IT tools.
“Office 365 will allow employees to collaborate and achieve their work tasks regardless of the platform, product or device,” he said. “This is an excellent example of IAG enabling change within the group to create a common IT platform for our airlines, which will be more efficient and reduce our costs.”
The deal is a boost for Microsoft and underlines its continued strength in the enterprise, despite recent negative headlines in more consumer-orientated areas such as poor sales of its Surface tablets totalling just $853m.
Microsoft received another boost this week, when it was revealed that a Japanese insurance firm, called Meiji Yasuda, had signed a deal to take 30,000 Windows 8 tablets from Fujitsu.
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