New forms of collaboration through Microsoft Teams

Step by step to the digital workplace

The digital transformation, changes in society and, last but not least, COVID-19! are presenting many companies with new challenges. – Thomas Schneider, CEO of the company swr+ wants to invest in concepts of digital transformation and thus aims at the concept of the digital workplace in a straightforward and consistent manner. In spring, swr+ reacted very quickly due to COVID-19! and introduced Microsoft Teams as a communication & collaboration platform.

swr+

The whole success story at a glance

• The overview
• The customer
• The starting position
• The requirement
• The solution
• The conclusion

swr+ Doc - Microsoft Teams

swr+ lives interdisciplinarity

The swr+ company was founded in 1948 and has been anchored in the Limmat Valley for over 70 years. Since 2020, swr+ has been operating under its current name and is led by CEO Thomas Schneider.

The company employs around 50 people who work in the fields of engineering and architecture. swr+ acts for its clients as advisor, planner, engineer and service provider and always also as trustee for the client’s assets.

COVID-19!

COVID-19! Probably the challenge of the year 2020. – “Home office fast, now or never!” –

But for swr+ clearly an opportunity, the change is seen as a positive step towards digital transformation. – Digital natives and the industry place new demands on workplaces & companies. – So innovations are not only needed in the context of the pandemic!

– So innovations are not only needed in the context of the pandemic!

Home-Office

Lack of innovation & technical complications

The collaboration with srw+ began in 2019. According to Thomas Schneider, most of them worked “only with paper! There were few mobile options for the employees. The IT infrastructure of the swr+ company was already largely in a private cloud, but this solution had some central weaknesses and caused technical complications. In addition, there was a lack of innovation in terms of technology on the part of swr+.

However, Thomas Schneider is aware that internal and external collaboration is becoming more important than ever. He sees digital transformation as a continuous journey in which one must not miss the train. On the one hand, the “digital workplace” concept was targeted, and on the other hand, investments are to be made in flexible rental models regarding IT infrastructure. – The overall goal: SaaS; migrate completely to the cloud!

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the platform that promotes modern, interdisciplinary teamwork and takes it to a new level. As part of Microsoft 365, a solution from the construction kit, which provides various tools. The “digital transformation” of swr+ has thus got off to a successful start.

swr+ has set itself the goal of handling all project processing exclusively via teams from 2021 onwards. Last but not least, the focus is on ensuring efficiency gains for customers.

Microsoft Teams Office 365, ms teams

New ways of thinking & working are the goal

Digitalisation is not only changing the way we think, but also the way we work. Continuous observation seems unavoidable. It is important to feel the pulse of time and trends. – You should not miss the train according to swr+!

The story around swr+ will continue – Don’t miss the next story around the existing and future new IT infrastructure of swr+.

Everything at a glance

The whole success story at a glance

• The overview
• The customer
• The starting position
• The requirement
• The solution
• The conclusion

swr+ Doc - Microsoft Teams
Customer

swr+ lives interdisciplinarity

The swr+ company was founded in 1948 and has been anchored in the Limmat Valley for over 70 years. Since 2020, swr+ has been operating under its current name and is led by CEO Thomas Schneider.

The company employs around 50 people who work in the fields of engineering and architecture. swr+ acts for its clients as advisor, planner, engineer and service provider and always also as trustee for the client’s assets.

Initial situation

COVID-19!

COVID-19! Probably the challenge of the year 2020. – “Home office fast, now or never!” –

But for swr+ clearly an opportunity, the change is seen as a positive step towards digital transformation. – Digital natives and the industry place new demands on workplaces & companies. – So innovations are not only needed in the context of the pandemic!

– So innovations are not only needed in the context of the pandemic!

Home-Office

Challenge

Lack of innovation & technical complications

The collaboration with srw+ began in 2019. According to Thomas Schneider, most of them worked “only with paper! There were few mobile options for the employees. The IT infrastructure of the swr+ company was already largely in a private cloud, but this solution had some central weaknesses and caused technical complications. In addition, there was a lack of innovation in terms of technology on the part of swr+.

However, Thomas Schneider is aware that internal and external collaboration is becoming more important than ever. He sees digital transformation as a continuous journey in which one must not miss the train. On the one hand, the “digital workplace” concept was targeted, and on the other hand, investments are to be made in flexible rental models regarding IT infrastructure. – The overall goal: SaaS; migrate completely to the cloud!

Solution

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the platform that promotes modern, interdisciplinary teamwork and takes it to a new level. As part of Microsoft 365, a solution from the construction kit, which provides various tools. The “digital transformation” of swr+ has thus got off to a successful start.

swr+ has set itself the goal of handling all project processing exclusively via teams from 2021 onwards. Last but not least, the focus is on ensuring efficiency gains for customers.

Microsoft Teams Office 365, ms teams

Conclusion

New ways of thinking & working are the goal

Digitalisation is not only changing the way we think, but also the way we work. Continuous observation seems unavoidable. It is important to feel the pulse of time and trends. – You should not miss the train according to swr+!

The story around swr+ will continue – Don’t miss the next story around the existing and future new IT infrastructure of swr+.

“The digitalisation process requires a great deal of imagination and a series of course settings that need to be set in the desired direction. redIT provides support where we need it and understands how we want to work in the future.”

Thomas Schneider

CEO, swr+

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