f-tronic relies on Microsoft 365

Modern Cloud Technology for Agile Communication & Collaboration

Microsoft Technologies at f-tronic

Creating the Basis with Microsoft 365 for the Digital Transformation

Flexible Teamwork

Microsoft 365, especially Teams, offers the ideal basis for f-tronic® to communicate and collaborate in projects independent of the location.

Simple Communication

Microsoft Teams is the new central place for chats, telephony and online meetings. With Outlook & Exchange, f-tronic® always stays in touch with its customers and employees.

Smart Intranet

With Microsoft SharePoint, the company can share and manage contents and know-how. This is the ideal basis to find information quickly and work more productively.

High-Performance Cloud

By means of the Microsoft Cloud technologies, f-tronic® not only has an improved performance but the cloud also offers more flexibility.

f-tronic® has developed, produced and marketed innovative products for electrical installation since 1990. In doing so, the company from Saarland is a full-range provider in six product areas: meter cabinets, distributors, meter connection columns, sockets, cable mounting systems and fire protection systems. By virtue of the continuous expansion of its product range,
f-tronic® offers a broad spectrum for the electronics trade. The distribution channel reaches wholesale and industry, and the company is very active in providing pre-sales services to tradespeople. Each year, f-tronic® launches between 80 and 100 new products. The innovative and future-oriented company is represented across Europe in 15 countries and currently earns annual sales above €29 million per year.
«Digitalization becomes a must in society in the same way as for businesses!

In Data One, we have found a competent partner to navigate the digital transformation.»

Sebastian Peter | f-tronic

Microsoft 365 at f-tronic

Overview of the Project

In 2019, f-tronic® has made it its goal to go the path to 360-degree digitalization. Not just digital workflows but also organized process optimization by means of digital tools are being pushed ahead. The company contacted Data One in 2020 with the aim of taking a big step toward the cloud. The central objectives of the project were the introduction of Microsoft 365 and afterwards, implementing additional supplementary digitalization projects. In the first part of the project, scoping workshops were held and everything for Azure Active Directory Connect and Exchange Hybrid got off the ground.

A proof of concept for a select test group was the second step in the project. This way, the features of Microsoft 365 could be tested exhaustively. An agile project approach was chosen to assure a high level of transparency on both sides during the project. In the third big project step, we did the rollout of Exchange Online and Teams in the entire organization. In supplementation, an automated email signature with signature management software by CodeTwo was integrated. In addition, admin training was provided for the IT and administrative staff. Besides this, a first landing page for a new intranet was created based on SharePoint Online.

The collaboration could be improved decisively with the introduction of Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. Documents are filed centrally and can be shared for editing. Video conferences and group chats, also across sites, can be organized smoothly for quick and simple collaboration in the team thanks to Teams. By virtue of using Exchange in combination with Outlook, email management is now simple and flexible. A central basis was created in SharePoint to organize long-term knowledge management and set up a central location for company communication.

The work environment of Microsoft 365 was very well received by the users. The objective of getting ahead with the digital transformation that f-tronic® pursues has been reconfirmed in the higher utilization rate. Many new scenarios arise at f-tronic® in course of the use, which are to be mapped in M365 in the coming months. Accordingly, the complete configuration of the intranet, security and compliance for M365, training and the LMS365 learning management system of elearningforce (for both M365 as well as own product training) are planned as the further steps.