We selected sa.global and SaaSplaza to be our partners in the development of a cloud solution. Using Dynamics AX ‘in the cloud’ ensures scalability, development and support for our global workforce as our business grows, all at a reduced time and infrastructure cost when compared to an in-house solution
Vice President, Accounting
Rapid growth and oncoming challenges
O3b was growing and at a rapid pace. The challenge this created was that immediately after the commercial launch of the company, O3b found itself in dire need of an ERP system that would address its growing and global needs — a solution that would be readily available to its worldwide team and also be able to streamline and unite global processes under one solution.
Additionally, O3b required a solution flexible enough to accommodate the shifting requirements within the satellite services space (where new rules and regulations are the norm), and also work perfectly with the Microsoft systems it had in place.
Most critically, O3b needed a solution that would be as scalable as its business — future growth being essentially assured — and that could also deliver cost predictability. One of O3b’s most pressing business needs was to handle its tremendous growth without escalating costs.
Cut costs with the cloud
O3b went with Microsoft Dynamics AX in the Cloud. The solution was implemented and deployed by sa.global, a Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle Partner, and winner of Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Award in 2012 for Professional Services. The Cloud environment was provided by SaaSplaza, another leading Microsoft Partner that won Microsoft’s ERP Hosting Partner of the Year Award in 2011.
Microsoft Dynamics AX was the right ERP-Finance solution for O3b’s diverse and highly custom needs, and the Cloud was the right fit to address O3b’s ‘competing needs’ of making scalability easy while keeping costs predictable. And there was no better partner than sa.global for bringing it all together.
sa.global’s global presence and Microsoft Dynamics AX expertise was unparalleled, and provided local consultants in almost every place out of which O3b was operating.
Additionally, sa.global kept the implementation costs low through a hybrid on/ off shore deployment model. It tapped local ‘on-shore’ expertise for specific business knowledge and financial localizations and tapped its offshore team in India for more standard implementation tasks. With all processes and projects managed at the local level, maintaining complete communication with O3b’s local teams and delivering seamless deployment of each instance was assured.
The cloud advantage: Scalability, cost, and efficiency
With more than 100 seats up and running all over the world, including Advanced Management and Light portal users, O3b has a flexible, scalable solution that integrates perfectly with its existing Microsoft solutions. It also addresses its myriad, complex financial requirements helping to keep employees and critical data connected and consistently updated.
AX was the right ERP-Finance solution for O3b’s diverse and highly custom needs, and the Cloud was the right fit to address O3b’s “competing needs” of making scalability easy while keeping costs predictable. And there was no better Partner than sa.global for making it all come together.“We selected sa.global and SaaSplaza to be our partners in the development of a Cloud solution. Using Microsoft Dynamics AX ‘in the cloud’ ensures scalability, development, and support for our global workforce as our business grows, all at a reduced time and infrastructure cost when compared to an in-house solution,” said Bob Scholz, Vice President (Accounting), O3b.
By choosing to run its entire solution in the Cloud with SaaSplaza, O3b enjoyed the following benefits:
- Freedom from infrastructure: No server hardware to maintain or power (a cost that otherwise would have been sky-high)
- Endless scalability: With its solution completely in the Cloud, adding new users anywhere in the world is easy and cost-effective
- Support and service: “sa.global and SaasPlaza continue to work closely with O3b to support and build our business using the Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions we need, when we need it,” says Scholz
SaaSplaza is #1 in Cloud Dynamics worldwide. With hundreds of ISVs and partners, SaaSplaza has the solutions and expertise to address the Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM needs of almost every vertical market. With data centers and personnel across the globe – Netherlands, China, USA, Singapore, and Germany - SaaSplaza is the only truly global Cloud company