Shell Oil staff collaborate worldwide on hybrid cloud
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 22-Feb-2011
One of the world's largest oil companies Shell will soon implement a tailored SharePoint program for all employees to collaborate worldwide in a hybrid cloud environment.
Under a strategic cooperation, Shell will adopt a hybrid solution co-offered by Microsoft and ICT solutions provider T-Systems that integrates T-Systems' SharePoint services based on Dynamic Computing Platform, with Microsoft's standardized BPOS offering.
Shell has completed the pre-deployment of Microsoft's BPOS, while the first release of the SharePoint program has been scheduled in April 2011.
Central platform for online collaboration
The tailored SharePoint program will enable global and online collaboration among Shell employees on a central platform.
The platform will support various applications, such as document, content management, as well as organization and collaboration in project work. Shell employees can gain access to the stored information as authorized.
The pay-per-use program is also expected to be customizable according to specific requirements such as high-security specifications.
At Microsoft's Global Energy Forum held last month, Shell's vice president, IT Services, Jay Crotts commented on the advantages of cloud computing. He said, "For us as a globally operating company, SharePoint is a key instrument for smooth cooperation in projects with decentralized teams. This joint solution will allow us to appreciate considerable cost reductions and greater flexibility."