Cognizant Microsoft Business Group helps Breckenridge Insurance Digitally Transform their Collaboration Toolkit
Breckenridge Insurance Group offers business and financial professionals smart solutions to protect and grow their organization. The group is made up of five different companies, all providing different expertise in the insurance and financial services arena. From specialized commercial insurance to underwriting and risk management, Breckenridge is an expert in their space, and they were looking for a fellow expert to help streamline and level-up their existing IT department. That’s where Cognizant Microsoft Business Group expertise comes in.
"I knew that in order to focus our in-house IT department on business strategy, we needed the expertise of Cognizant Microsoft Business Group to come in and help us migrate our email to a cloud environment. Eighteen months later, we have never looked back, have never had an issue with their service, and are happy with the peace of mind and ease of work we have gained."
Chris Mitchell, CTO - Breckenridge Insurance Group
When Chris Mitchell, Breckenridge Insurance CTO, was brought on board in 2015, his first step toward success for the nationwide underwriting company was to transform the in-house IT department by migrating to Microsoft Azure and delivering an Office 365 environment so they could enable their in-house IT to focus on more strategic business decisions and less on everyday user pain points, such as email troubleshooting. Breckenridge IT faced a number of obstacles. First, they faced the complexity of five separate companies all functioning separately, but also unified under the same group name. With distance between all the offices, Breckenridge sought out the ability to migrate mailboxes to the Cloud, helping them to maintain connectivity between employees with ease and reliability. Due to the disparate locations and the amount of time that in-house IT members were spending on email issues, Mitchell knew that a complete transformation was needed, and also knew that Cognizant MBG, having worked with them on past projects, could guide Breckenridge with expertise to a more efficient environment and deliver needed change for their employee users. He had full faith that by allowing Cognizant Microsoft Business Group experts to manage the migration to Office 365 and optimizing their environment, Breckenridge could refocus their own IT expertise to drive more innovative business strategies.
Mitchell had worked with Cognizant MBG previously and had no doubts about the Microsoft partner they would work with. Since Cognizant Microsoft Business Group partnered with Breckenridge, they have been a leading force to overcome and mitigate challenges through the planning, build and migration of their solution. The Cognizant Microsoft Business Group team developed an Office 365 environment to remove the email and communication issues that Breckenridge employees were struggling with. They were able to migrate all the users and mailboxes to the cloud platform without interruption of work, and Breckenridge today is experiencing the game-changing results of a fully integrated communication and collaboration environment. Cognizant MBG and the Breckenridge IT experts know that deployment of Office 365 is just the beginning of the journey with this dynamic collaborative tool. Proper operations are essential in order to optimize the use Office 365 features and compound its benefits over time.
Today, Breckenridge employees at various offices across the nation experience the benefits of Microsoft Office 365 through easier discovery by archiving mail, connecting with colleagues instantaneously via Skype for Business instant messaging and bringing employees closer through video conferencing. Since the solution in 2016, Breckenridge continues to implement, educate employees and adopt additional Office 365 tools, including an ongoing shift from their current intranet to SharePoint, and the shift of their local files to OneDrive for Business. Breckenridge has peace of mind through the automation and service that New Signature delivers. This end-to-end solution has allowed Breckenridge IT to focus on more business strategy and optimization, and making moves to create a competitive advantage in their market.