A city steeped in carnival tradition. A potpourri of costumes, floats and bards. And a TV channel broadcasting it all to the world 72 hours straight. Around a million people tune in when Telebasel live streams the Carnival of Basel. Twelve years ago the station first extended its coverage of the event to the internet. Today, the programme reaches viewers in no less than 110 countries.
Telebasel’s ageing e-mail server with Microsoft Exchange 2003 took up its duty seven years ago. With the company’s growing headcount, daily video production up from 150 to 550 sequences, and live streams instantly sent from the scene to the editing desk, the machine was out of step with current e-mail traffic. As e-mail is a critical means of communication for Telebasel’s news team - over 90% of information are coming in that way - the company commissioned Bechtle IT Services to draw up a proposal for a new server running Exchange 2010 that could handle 80 mailboxes including backups and is covered by a service agreement.
Office 365 saves us some CHF 34,000 compared to an on-premise deployment and also means we no longer have to deal with administration.
Pascal Jacot, member of the board, Telebasel
With Office 365’s Exchange Online, the private TV channel can now rely on a powerful cloud-based e-mail solution, saving it no less than CHF 55,000 of investments and doing away with the need to maintain its own server. Another benefit of the Office 365 solution is that it’s invoiced per licence and has no significant acquisition costs eating into the budget. The number of licences can scale up or down and accounts can be added or deleted in no time at all.
Office 365 is always online and works across platforms. Employees can access their e-mail on desktops, notebooks and tablets. And with today’s stable and broadband internet lines, syncing even larger files is swift.
Backed by smooth support from Bechtle, Telebasel’s IT staff can now better focus on their core tasks and count on short response times and spot on solutions should issues arise. When the time comes to upgrade its current Office installations, the company is also planning to weigh a traditional software purchase against Office 365.