RE/MAX International Lowers Cost of Ownership for Affiliate Extranet by 75 Percent
Global real estate franchisor RE/MAX International wanted to update its aging, externally hosted, custom-developed extranet site to save costs, increase development control, enhance system agility, and provide better resources for its affiliates. The company invested in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to redesign and administer the extranet, and expects to recoup its upfront investment in the software within one year. The company also expects to save 75 percent annually in maintenance and administration costs. In addition, RE/MAX has improved its communications and strengthened its connection with brokers and agents through expanded extranet capabilities such as an enhanced search function, custom alerts, networking tools, and easier access to marketing and training resources.