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Sensata got serious about cost-cutting when a tough economy hit its target industries hard in 2008. As part of a fresh look at how it delivered IT services, the IT staff decided to move key applications to a cloud-based model, where applications and services are delivered from third-party data centers over the Internet. For email, Sensata subscribed to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes Microsoft Exchange Online and other Microsoft communications programs. By unplugging its in-house messaging servers and going to a cloud-based email service, Sensata has slashed email costs by 50 percent, or U.S.$500,000 annually. It has also reallocated IT resources to strategic projects that make the company more competitive. Additionally, Sensata can integrate acquisitions faster with subscription-based email.
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