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Why American Golf couldn’t live without Microsoft Office 365


We’ve heard a lot about the benefits of Office 365. Our Gurus are big supporters and there’s some great information on our website but it’s about time we saw this thing in action. We spoke to American Golf to see why Office 365 is something they simply can’t live without:

American Golf is the largest golf retailer in Europe with 104 retail outlets and a hugely successful online trade. The business is expanding all the time, staff numbers have grown significantly to over 900. And their mission to become the golfer’s perfect partner is well on its way to success.

Despite their growth, American Golf still has a small internal IT support team – just three members are responsible for all their IT systems and staff.

Phil Barker, Head of IT, needed a way to help staff across their European network work more efficiently.

Already familiar with the Microsoft Office platform, it was immediately apparent to Phil that Office 365 from O2 would be the perfect choice for his team. As a business they already operated almost exclusively on Microsoft platform technology for their mobile network. So the option to manage all their business emails with the same trusted O2 approach made total sense.

Switching to Office 365 has improved collaboration and communication between employees. Using OneDrive has made sharing files, accessing orders and supplier documents via email more efficient. And Skype for Business has enabled staff across Europe to communicate face-to-face. Both are included with Office 365.

With the help of O2 Business’s Professional Services, American Golf was able to carefully plan and implement their migration to Office 365. The smooth and painless switchover took just under four weeks for the entire staff. The switch freed up one of Phil’s team from having to monitor the exchange server. 

“We already had a positive business relationship with O2 through their mobile network and the O2 support team was excellent. During conversations with that team, it quickly became apparent that Office 365 from O2 Business was the right choice to enable us to move forward.”

– Phil Barker, Head of IT at American Golf

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