Discovery Communications is adopting Office 365 E5 suite


Discovery Communications is not new to Office 365, they moved from on-premises systems to Office 365 few years back. They also migrated their intranet to Microsoft SharePoint Online and made Yammer as their enterprise social network. Now, they are adopting the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Suite and the latest Office 365 offering, the E5 suite. Dave Duvall, senior vice president of infrastructure and support services at Discovery Communications mentioned the following four reasons on why they went with Office 365 E5,

  • Advanced Threat Protection (ATP): Anyone who has to deal with today’s sophisticated information security threats understands that ATP is a must-have. We have to make sure we protect our programming content, employees and production partners, so the enhanced security components in E5 were a key factor in our decision to move forward.
  • In order to best serve our Legal team, Discovery is implementing Advanced eDiscovery for litigation and data requests—allowing them to search more effectively across mail and content repositories, to see results in a more dynamic way and to better manage their daily work. Advanced eDiscovery has a much more natural search language and a more approachable interface for our attorneys and the ability to see search results in a more dynamic way.
  • With Power BI, we will be able to further democratize business intelligence and analytics for all our employees. While storytelling and compelling content are at the center of what we do, our business is grounded in understanding our audiences through research and data. A cloud-based platform like Power BI allows us to share key data insights more effectively than passing spreadsheets or sending PDFs, while also facilitating the organization, analysis and visualization of data however it is most meaningful to each employee.
  • We’re running pilot tests of Skype for Business Cloud PBX, and we love how we’re able to mix and match Cloud PBX hybrid configurations with PSTN Calling plans. We have offices in dozens of countries—in some markets, it makes sense for us to use a local carrier, while in others it’s more cost-effective to pay per user. With the advanced Skype for Business features, we gain the flexibility to tap into both models and give employees high-quality communications services in a way that’s fiscally smart.

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