'Business as Usual' for Quake-Struck NZ Council After Rapid Lync Rollout
Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) delivers local government services to the Canterbury region. After a magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, 300 Regional Council employees had no place to work. IT staff remotely deployed Microsoft Lync to employee desktops and laptops enabling them to collaborate from their homes and temporary offices via video meetings and shared desktops. As a result, the Regional Council coped with a vastly increased workload, re-routing public transport through shattered streets and arranging disposal for millions of tons of demolition waste.