Microsoft inks Office 365 deal with SBI to improve communication

Microsoft Office 365 for SBIMicrosoft announced its big deal with the State Bank of India (SBI) for supplying Office 365 to improve communication and collaboration among its workforce.

This is one of the largest deployments of Microsoft Office 365 in India. SBI, the largest private sector bank in India, has a network of 23,423 branches and 263,000 employees.

Microsoft said Office 365 will support SBI employees to collaborate from devices such as Android, iOS, Mac and Windows. Employees will be able to use familiar and easy-to-use tools naturally in everyday work.

Microsoft has consolidated SBI’s messaging and collaboration server infrastructure in 17 countries, helping it save more than $200,000 annually.

“Microsoft’s technology is helping us in leading the digital transformation,” said Rajnish Kumar, chairman of State Bank of India.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said: “We partner with State Bank of India on its digital transformation as they harness the cloud and build new digital capability to empower their employees; engage customers in new ways and transform their products and services, while maintaining security, trust and compliance with industry regulations.”

SBI will derive benefits from this digital transformation in 3 phases: making itself agile by upgrading to cloud based technology, focusing on user adoption by identifying use cases based on work profiles, and transforming business by process alignment with the new tools.

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft also announced the availability of Microsoft 365 Business in India. Microsoft 365 Business brings together features from across Microsoft’s offerings in a solution designed for the SMBs’ — powered by Office 365 and Windows 10, with device management, enterprise mobility and security features.

Microsoft 365 Business includes Office 365 productivity and collaboration tools that businesses need to ensure productivity to its employees — like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; as well as Outlook for email and Microsoft Teams for chat-based teamwork.

Additionally, Microsoft announced the general availability of three new Office 365 apps for business that aims to help small businesses acquire new customers, increase revenue, and accelerate billing and receivables.

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