Collaboration program saves company millions

Collaboration program saves company millions

The workplace has changed a lot over the last few decades. It’s becoming increasingly common for staff to work from various locations and there’s a need to communicate with people from all over the world due to organisational globalisation and outsourcing. Technology has been both the driver and the enabler for these changes in the workplace. AstraZeneca’s International Collaboration Lead, Florence Liang, explained to the Mobility @ CeBIT Australia audience how the company adopted a technology driven collaboration strategy to meet the changing needs of an evolving workplace.

AstraZeneca’s collaboration program was designed to: 

  • Strengthen staff connectivity
  • Simplify the estates - both in terms of applications and infrastructure
  • Insource technical expertise
  • Ensure effective enterprise control
  • Drive adoption and utilisation 

Over the course of 2 years, the company changed the setup of the office workforce in multiple ways by: 

  • Making email accessible anywhere on multiple devices
  • Moving file storage to the cloud and making files accessible anywhere
  • Implementing advanced conference and video call technology

To meet the changing of AstraZeneca’s salespeople, the organisation implemented technologies that:

  • Gives sales the ability to engage healthcare professionals
  • Provides the capability to collaborate with other colleagues
  • Enable internal and external meetings
  • Allow sales to handle admin tasks no matter where they are

The benefits of this extensive collaboration speak for themselves. AstraZeneca was able to save $130m by reducing the need for travel through their conferencing program. They were also able to make a measurable impact on driving efficiencies and collaboration.

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