Interesting new LotusLive Engage case study

Another useful case study/reference for IBM LotuslIve Engage in the UK:

Azlan, the enterprise division of Tech Data Corporation, is a leading value-added distributor of enterprise technology solutions in Europe. The company employs more than 590 people, operates in 16 countries, and has developed a network of more than 8,000 resellers that sell hardware and software to businesses across Europe.

Business need:
Azlan, one of Europe’s premier IT distributors, wanted to build a network of resellers for IBM Lotus small business solutions. The company wanted to find an effective way to communicate information and provide training on these products.

Solution:
Azlan signed up for IBM LotusLive Engage – a cloud-based online platform that enables the rapid creation of secure, private online communities and provides file-sharing, instant messaging and virtual meeting rooms.

Benefits:
Enables Azlan to create an online community for its partner network rapidly, with no up-front investment. Avoids the need to deploy software on servers or local PCs, helping to save maintenance and support costs. Replaces occasional face-to-face meetings with regular online collaboration, helping to reduce travel expenses and building closer working relationships. Simplifies file-sharing and version control, helping to improve the accuracy of communication.

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