Coles taps Office 365 for staff portal on the Cloud

Employees won't have to be on-side to request holiday, among other benefits.

Coles will roll out Microsoft Office 365 to its 100,000 employees throughout Australia, the grocery store said.

Coles plans to deploy Microsoft SharePoint Online, giving employees 24/7 access to the Coles portal through any Web-enabled device. The company aims to remove communication barriers across its staff, it said.

The portal automates functions that previously required employees to be on-site including holiday requests and approvals, Coles said. It provides anytime access to pay slips, rosters, holiday calendars, team member special offers, training, blogs and corporate social networking, it said.

“Office 365 will provide our employees with a digital identity with security protection that gives them the ability to create and share ideas and learnings in a less structured way wherever they choose,” said Coles IT group general manager, Conrad Harvey.

“For Coles, the Microsoft Cloud was the only choice for such a progressive project of this scale,” Harvey said. “It integrates with our existing on premise environment and its familiar interface will ensure our team members can interact easily with the new platform.”

Moving to the Cloud has been a recent focus for Coles. Speaking at an event last year, Harvey said the retailer was interested in using Cloud services to create computing power that it hadn't had before, such as pushing data to the Cloud and using devices that would be driven by a Cloud service, rather than a PC.

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