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Huge company-wide Microsoft Office 365 deployment by Raine & Horne

Australian real estate company Raine & Horne has deployed Microsoft Office 365, saying the deployment marks a ‘technological breakthrough’ for the agency.

The company, established in 1883, has deployed 3,000 Office 365 licences across its operations.

Executive Chairman Angus Raine said Office 365 would prove of benefit to franchisees, agents and customers.

“In the past, franchisees had to manage their own IT and technology environment. Now Office 365 is fully deployed, we expect it will markedly improve communications and empower our agents in the field, enabling them to readily communicate with their offices and their clients from anywhere at any time.”

{loadposition}Raine said the Office 365 technology was an important recruitment tool for the company.

“To be able to market ourselves as a technology leader is an important step in recruitment and retention, especially with younger agents, who respond very positively to the latest technology. In this sense, it was important to be able to ‘walk the walk’ when it came to our technology offering.”

The company is looking to utilise features such as Skype for Business to conduct meetings and staff training programs, which Raine said would lead to considerable savings in both time and cost.

“The rollout has also enabled us, for the first time, to have simple things like a company-wide directory, making it easy for anyone to contact anyone else within the company – whether they be in our offices in Dubai or Malaysia or those in Darwin or Hobart.”

Steven Miller, Director of Office, Microsoft Australia, said it was a “privilege to be working with such a respected brand as Raine & Horne”.

According to Miller, Office 365 has been incredibly well received throughout Australia because of the benefits it offers to all organisations.

“Raine & Horne have joined other new customers, including universities, top tier accounting firms and major enterprises and governments that recognise how the service can deliver productivity improvements such as remote working, collaboration and engaging with your customers and colleagues in new ways.” 


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).