I have seen logos of “Feeding America” here and there, and seen TV Spots too, but I never realized they are pretty huge, so when I read on WPCentral about them ditching BlackBerry phones for Windows Phone, of course I got interested.
Feeding America Org. is the largest Hunger-Relief non-profit Charity Organizations in the US, they feed over 37million Americans each year, there are other charity organizations like this but Feeding America is the Largest. You can donate HERE
The news today is that they are DUMPING Blackberry and going Metro (Windows Phone).
Feeding America Org. released an official statement about its adoption of Windows Phone today:
CHICAGO — May 15, 2012 — Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, left its support of Blackberry devices in favor of Windows Phone. The move strengthens Feeding America’s capabilities as it complements the organization’s use of other Microsoft solutions including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010.
In an effort to be fiscally responsible, Feeding America conducted a review of its former Blackberry environment and explored other wireless devices, including Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. By migrating from Blackberry to Windows Phone, the company discovered it could avoid costly annual server maintenance expenses. In addition, the organization’s move has resulted in several benefits, including a 24 percent reduction in cost per device and improved access to the information and IT services that employees rely on to collaborate and be productive.
“Windows Phone provides a level of integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Lync Server 2010 that are not available with the iPhone, iPad or Android,” said Kevin Lutz, vice president of Technology at Feeding America.
Feeding America was particularly satisfied with the ease of interoperation between Windows Phone and its existing Microsoft products. It was also impressed with the excellent end-user experience, which was seamless, coherent and familiar across all Microsoft products and services.
“With Office Mobile built into Windows Phone, employees were able to be immediately productive,” said Andy Isztok, director of Service Delivery at Feeding America. “The Office Hub in Windows Phone is great for quickly getting to PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Excel spreadsheets — regardless of whether they’re stored on your phone or in the cloud on Windows Live SkyDrive. More and more employees are also discovering Microsoft OneNote Mobile; they love how it uses Windows Live to give them access to their OneNote notebooks on their phones, on their PCs and on the Web.”
In summary, what they are saying is that they conducted a re-evaluation of their wireless devices (which was Blackberry phones) and compared with other mobile platforms (iPhone, Android and Windows Phone) and after re-evaluating, Windows Phone came out on top, the reason of course is simple, see Feeding America already runs multiple Microsoft software solutions in its organization, solutions like Microsoft Lync, Sharepoint, Exchange Server, Microsoft Office Suite and adopting Windows Phone offers seamless connectivity and integration between all devices.
Here is what their Head of Tech, Kevin Lutz had to say about the decision:
“Windows Phone provides a level of integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Lync Server 2010 that are not available with the iPhone, iPad or Android.”
The reason behind this article really is to show that this is the start of something huge in the US (and for struggling Nokia especially), as more companies (those that run in a Microsoft Server environment) begin to realize the many fiscal and other benefits of using Windows Phone over Android/iPhone.
I have friends who are in the position of making this kind of decision (what mobile platform to adopt) and they say the reason why they wouldn’t adopt windows phone (yet) is because it doesn’t offer some business enterprise stuff they need, I cannot really go into what they were talking about really, but my point is Nokia/Microsoft should have a strategy (if they don’t already) on how to get companies to adopt their mobile platform. I mean if an employee gets a Lumia from work, he likes it, then he gets one for his wife, one each for his kids and that’s another way Windows Phone will gain momentum #IMHO