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U.K. Events and Hospitality Company iLUKA Prepares to Scale Up, Saves Money With Microsoft Office 365 Cloud-Based Service

REDMOND, Wash. May 22, 2012 London

Tim Chapman

iLUKA develops and delivers coordinated strategic activations for sponsors, including the world’s largest banking, oil and pharmaceutical companies at global sporting events such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cups. Providing hospitality services for sponsors of the Olympics requires iLUKA to increase its staff from about 116 to over 1,000, with all employees needing access to email and productivity software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. With Office 365, iLUKA has the ability to add hundreds of users and pay for the software on a per-user, per-month basis. The company has the flexibility to add and delete employee accounts for the duration of the Olympic Games, paying for employees’ email and software only while they are employed.

Supporting the big events also creates significantly greater levels of email traffic, which would have required iLUKA to scale its email servers quickly. Office 365 took care of this issue, allowing iLUKA to decommission rather than upgrade its email servers.

In addition, the firm’s large clients expect it to have enterprise-level IT systems, with high standards of security, privacy, reliability and resilience. "Maximizing data security and minimizing risk are among our top priorities," Chapman said.

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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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