Brose is a large global automotive supplier. Its mechatronic systems for doors, seats or electric motors and drives can be found in every second new vehicle around the world today. The company, which is over a century old and is still family owned today, employs more than 26,000 people across 62 locations in 23 countries.
Brose depends on IT to enable dispersed global teams to collaborate on customer projects. It means it can field the right knowledge experts without any concerns about location. The company has 15,000 Microsoft Office users internationally, Exchange mailbox servers sited in Europe, Asia and North America, and a central SharePoint farm located in Germany.
Despite having central file shares and SharePoint collaboration portals, Brose’s project teams were defaulting to email to hold and retrieve project-related information and documents, in the form of Outlook personal folders (PST data files). A lot of time could be spent locating the latest version of content, and the over-reliance on PST files located on the local network was consuming a lot of expensive storage. Also, if users were unavailable or left the company, there was no easy way to get at the information held in their email folders.
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