Manufacturing Firm Anticipates $2.5 Million in Cost Savings With New Software Solution
Ohio-based Stoneridge is a designer and producer of highly engineered electrical systems and components that are used in automobiles, commercial trucks, and agricultural vehicles. The company's engineers, who work throughout the world, needed better and more cost-effective tools with which to collaborate on design projects. Stoneridge also needed to replace its aging phone systems in the United States. To solve those challenges, the company deployed a solution based on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. As a result, Stoneridge expects to reduce travel and long-distance phone costs by U.S. $730,000 by 2011, while making project collaboration more efficient and productive. Stoneridge IT managers now have better tools for training, and all of the company's employees can communicate more effectively. Overall, the company's internal and external communication is being transformed.