Microsoft UK PLC, Microsoft BV and Capgemini UK plc today announced they have been selected by Tata Steel in Europe for a project to migrate its two existing email systems to a new Europe-wide standard platform based on the Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing productivity suite. The project marks the first significant deployment by Tata Steel of cloud computing and is one of the first large-scale enterprise implementations of Office 365 in Europe.

As the second-largest steel producer in Europe with primary operations in the UK and Netherlands, Tata Steel was looking for a platform that could offer the scalability and robustness of a common email solution. Microsoft and Capgemini will work as a unified team in collaboration with Tata Steel on the migration and on integrating the new solution with other back-office and production systems.

Tata Steel also wanted to improve collaboration for future services and deliver easier and better communications between thousands of its users in the primary locations of the UK and the Netherlands. Microsoft’s enterprise-ready cloud computing productivity solutions will help Tata Steel achieve these goals and are expected to deliver annual savings on IT run-costs.

Microsoft Office 365 was selected because of its excellent security and control features, enterprise-grade disaster recovery, access via desktop and mobile devices, and 24/7 support. In addition, Microsoft Exchange Online,  Microsoft Lync Online, the latest version of Outlook and Exchange Online Archiving, and Hosted Services Encryption will help the company achieve a scalable, robust and common email service across Europe as Tata Steel moves to real-time collaboration services.

Shreekant Mokashi, Chief Group Information Services, Tata Steel, said: “This move to an enterprise-ready cloud communications platform will significantly improve our ability to respond rapidly to the challenges and opportunities of today’s marketplace. It will also be a significant contributor to our plans to reduce our overall IT operating costs. We found the joint Microsoft and Capgemini proposal convincing both technically and commercially and we look forward to gaining the many benefits of the new solution with speed.”

The two companies have a long history of customer collaboration through Capgemini’s sector-specific expertise and Microsoft’s innovative solutions to meet customer needs in the growing domain of cloud computing.
Simon Witts, Microsoft corporate vice president, Enterprise and Partner Group, said: “Tata’s migration to the cloud provides an excellent example of how we are focused on helping customers gain the benefits of cloud services on their own terms by leveraging and extending their existing investments with cloud-based improvements. Working with Capgemini means we can quickly and effectively deploy our cloud solution for Tata Steel and enable it to take advantage of our rich client to drive instant productivity benefits to the company’s employees across Europe.”

Steven Sutton, Capgemini UK vice president, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tata Steel on this significant step for its business and for its journey into cloud computing. We are very much looking forward to helping it win the planned quality, reliability and cost benefits of cloud computing.”

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