PWC Logistics moves Office

Kuwait giant to deploy Office 2007 in its 350 units worldwide

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By  Published  December 16, 2006

Kuwait’s PWC Logistics is rolling out Microsoft’s 2007 Office software suite across its entire organisation, covering over 350 offices worldwide.

PWC, which has just rebranded all its business units under the Agility brand, is among the first companies in the region to implement the system and has been piloting the software with around 55 employees in Kuwait.

Office 2007 was officially launched in the Middle East last month, at the Gitex trade show in Dubai, along with the software giant’s Vista operating system (OS) and Exchange Server 2007.

PWC said it wanted to migrate its Gulf-based data centre to a global infrastructure model, including collaboration software, and would use the Office software to help in the transition.

“Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has played an important part in the building of our collaboration platform,” said Junaid Siraj, IT collaboration department manager at PWC.

“It has helped streamline business processes and has enhanced employee productivity.”

The company has been testing Office SharePoint Server 2007 workflow and portal server software, Office Groove 2007 collaborative software — which allows teams of people to work together over a network as if they were in the same physical location — and a web-based forms application, Office Forms Server 2007.

PWC said its aim is to build its business on virtual teams, with employees working across countries and continents rather than being restricted to keeping work-groups to the same location.

“Early deployment of the 2007 Microsoft Office system has shown how our people can save time, boost productivity, and strengthen the quality of team deliverables,” said Bilal Saleem Perwaize, IT business collaboration coordinator at PWC.

“We can invite colleagues, partners, and customers in without worrying about networks or servers,” he added.

In addition to allowing better interaction among virtual teams, PWC said the solution would also simplify business processes, allow for better informed decision-making, and eliminate the need for third-party workflow management solutions.

“The main advantage for us is better workflow management, which is the core of our business,” explained Perwaize.

“Previously we would contact third-party vendors, but the new system delivers more integrated, widely-applicable workflow management,” he added.

Microsoft Services’ Mutaz Abu Ghazaleh said early deployment gave PWC access to new capabilities in Office 2007 at a key time in the company’s development.

“We were able to mentor the PWC Logistics team with document design, for example, to help them gain as much business value as possible from tools such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007,” Abu Ghazaleh added.

Since it was formed over 25 years ago, PWC Logistics has become a leading provider of integrated supply chain solutions in the Middle East.

Last month the firm announced it was rebranding all of its business units under a single brand, Agility, to help its expansion plans.

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