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National Theatre moves to Office 365

The National Theatre is increasingly using cloud technology, with the implementation of cloud-based productivity tools its latest move

The National Theatre is moving to Microsoft Office 365 to improve collaboration between staff and ensure it has computing capacity on demand.

The move from its existing on-premise Microsoft Exchange system to Office 365 will address these issues through its mobile and storage on-demand capabilities.

The cloud-based Office 365 software enables the use of applications via mobile devices and, as such, will improve collaboration between staff, such as designers and technicians, who do not use traditional desktops. Office 365 includes a mobile device management (MDM) system from Microsoft.

Following a tender, the publicly funded arts venue selected cloud managed service provider Navisite to implement and manage the roll-out, while its internal team focuses on other IT changes. Office 365 is a collection of tools, and organisations must handle migration challenges product by product.

The cloud offers organisations with small IT teams access to the latest technologies without needing to invest in new staff, training, and in-house infrastructure. “We wanted to take advantage of the fact that cloud computing now makes it possible to put data, servers and compute facilities off-premise with someone else managing it,” said Jon Cheyne, IT director at the National Theatre.

Cheyne said the company would increase its use of the cloud to free up in-house IT staff from time-consuming maintenance and support. “Implementing Office 365 is the next step in our cloud journey and will help shift the role of our in-house team from trying to keep up with and maintain technology, to actually operating and looking at how the benefits of the technology can be utilised,” he added.

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