A Cobweb customer since 2014, iSalon was invited to implement the Business edition (currently in preview) of Microsoft 365, following the product’s launch earlier this year, in July.
Designed to enable employees to become more productive, Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and EM+S (Enterprise Mobility + Security) to create a complete, intelligent, secure solution. Offered also in Enterprise edition (E3 and E5), Business has been developed for organisations with up to 300 users.
Established in 1987 and with offices in Lincoln and Gatwick, iSalon provides salon management software to hair, beauty and spa businesses in more than 10 countries, with almost 2,000 salons engaging with over 8.5 million customers.
Christ Hoard, Cobweb Services Architect, says, “The brief was to implement Microsoft 365 Business across the Lincoln and Gatwick locations, with 22 and seven users respectively, and for seven home-based users.
“There was a six-week timeline from first discussion to Phase 1 adoption (by the Lincoln office), and we’re delighted that iSalon has been able to report an extremely positive migration, and also that the company is so pleased with Microsoft 365’s features.”
Among the benefits iSalon is seeing are:
- Enhanced compliance to corporate policies
- With Microsoft 365 a cloud-based solution, the elimination of the need for network setups, VPNs, and on-premise Active Directory server
- Use of Intune (part of EM+S) to manage their iPhone estate and standardise configuration
- Enhanced control over apps and mobile security
- Support with meeting GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements.
Ryan Taylor, IT Manager iSalon, says, “Essentially Microsoft 365 has given the company one integrated solution and a clear roadmap to migrate our IT to the cloud in a secure, compliant and managed way.
“Microsoft 365 gives the IT department the necessary tools to empower users to connect with any device, anytime, from virtually anywhere in the world, in a secure manner.”
If you’d like to read further about the features of Microsoft 365 Business and iSalon’s experience, you can download a copy of the full case study.