Datapac enables growth and mobility at Thorntons Recycling with Office 365
Pictured Nicole Fitzgerald, Thorntons Recycling, Karen O’Connor and Roisin O’Brien, Datapac.
Thorntons Recycling was founded in 1979 and is a fully integrated waste management and recycling company. It is one of the most successful Irish recycling businesses, having recovered 87.75% of the 350,000 tonnes of material sorted at its facilities in 2013. Thorntons operates a number of recycling and recovery facilities in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, and operates a fleet of more than 100 trucks. The business has been experiencing significant growth over the last two years, increasing its employee numbers by 50% from 240 in early 2012 to 360 at present. Its customer base encompasses domestic households and the public and private sectors, with annual sales in excess of €40M.
Thorntons needed to replace its ageing onsite Microsoft Exchange server as it no longer had the capacity to support its expanding employee base. The business wanted a reliable system that would not only guarantee round-the-clock connectivity but also enable mobile and flexible working.
Thorntons’ mobile workforce includes its teams operating its fleet of trucks as well as its environmental scientists and engineers who operate across its multiple locations ensuring compliance with licences, permits and national regulations. Also, employees in other roles and departments needed access to business information while away from their desks.
To guarantee all employees can remain connected while out of the office, the company sought a solution that would securely support mobility and deliver a consistent high quality experience at all times.
Following consultation with Datapac, who provide managed services for Thorntons’ entire IT infrastructure, it decided the best option was for Datapac to implement Office 365 for all of its employees. Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of its desktop suite.
With a rapidly growing business, Thornton’s now has a system that can keep pace with its expanding operations and is delivering multiple benefits. Nicole Fitzgerald, finance director, Thorntons Recycling commented, “With Office 365 we have the peace of mind that as we continue to grow, our system can easily and cost effectively scale with us and our issues around capacity and connectivity have been eliminated.”
Employees are also being delivered seamless remote access to email through Exchange Online. They can securely access e-mail, documents, contacts, and calendars from anywhere and on any device. This now also includes iPads, as Microsoft recently announced that the Office 365 application can now be installed on these devices.
Regardless of how employees choose to access their Office applications, whether on a PC or using their smartphone from a truck on the road or at one of Thorntons’ recycling centres, they will have the same consistent, high quality experience.
All employees have faster access to information and significantly improved connectivity ensuring they can deliver the highest levels of customer service and improve response times to both commercial and domestic customers.
Nicole Fitzgerald added, “The solution implemented by Datapac is expected to deliver significant cost savings for us. We were faced with the decision to either go for a cloud based solution or invest in a new on premise system. Office 365 provides us with all of the benefits of a traditional server without the upfront capital expenditure and the additional maintenance and subsequent upgrade costs. The pay-as-you go subscription model was also a deciding factor for us as we have clear visibility over costs and can easily add new employees as they come on board.”
Delivering future benefits
Initially Thorntons implemented Office 365 to deliver a cloud based email service but it is now looking to take advantage of the full Office 365 suite. This will enable employees to use Microsoft SharePoint and Lync for improved collaboration and enhanced productivity through remote access to documents, audio and video conferencing and advanced messaging services. With Microsoft Lync, Thorntons can instantly and easily connect its people across Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow and improve timely decision making.
Datapac is proactively monitoring Office 365 for Thorntons as part of its wider infrastructure management service. Roisin O’Brien, account manager, Datapac commented, “Thorntons is a fast growing business and our managed IT service supports this growth by enabling them to concentrate on core business objectives while we look after their day-to-day IT needs. As Thorntons continues to expand we will work in partnership with them to ensure it has full access to all of the latest and most advanced technologies. This will enable the business to continue providing the highest levels of service to its growing numbers of employees and customers.”
“With Microsoft Office 365 we have improved connectivity and simplicity, with more predictable costs. As a growing business, it has also ensured we have a future proofed solution which can easily scale and deliver essential tools and services to all of our employees, no matter where they are located,” concluded Nicole Fitzgerald.
“Datapac worked closely with us to ensure the cloud based solution will work for our business, helping to not only save money but also our time, as it freed up our internal resources to concentrate on other business development initiatives.”
Karen O’Connor, general manager service delivery, Datapac said, “Office 365 delivers many benefits to businesses of all sizes. For SME’s that don’t have the infrastructure internally to support a full onsite Exchange system, it delivers greater flexibility via the cloud. On the Enterprise side, they want to move this large application resource off-premise and take advantage of features such as SharePoint and Lync. Moving to a subscription based model makes sense for most businesses and ensures they always have access to the very latest innovations and product updates.”
"With Datapac’s managed services we have an IT team that has expertise across a very wide range of technologies. Smartsourcing IT resources makes sense for an organisation such as ours, which relies heavily on cutting edge IT to protect and streamline our operations, without the need for a huge cost outlay".
"At Barretstown, we rebuild the lives of children, and their families, affected by childhood cancer and other serious illnesses. We serve 5,000 campers a year and have 1200 volunteers each year. Communication is crucially important and Datapac has helped us to streamline, improve and ensure efficiency."
"For many years Datapac has been our sole supplier for the maintenance of Personal Computers and Peripherals in Ireland. Through their Service Centres in Wexford and Dublin, Datapac provides excellent support to our businesses throughout the country and consistently meets the SLA targets which we have set. The skill, expertise and experience of their engineers and other technical support personnel are of the highest standard."
“The value of dealing with an HP Gold partner in this process can’t be underestimated. Datapac provide us with a local touch and can cover the full range of our IT requirements, but when there is a specific technical requirement like this, they can bring the specialist technical resources of HP to the table. HP and Datapac had a thorough discussion with us around our requirement - and had really done their homework - and then were able to provide us with a very highly specified test platform for us to prove the application on before we committed to purchase.”
Datapac understands our needs and requirements and has the expertise and experience to follow through on all our requests. Our constant need to reduce costs has been assisted by Datapac's ability to suggest alternative solutions and methods whilst improving both efficiency and productivity. Our partnership with Datapac is akin to having an IT department on site that we simply could not provide ourselves.