University Of Nebraska Gets 250K For Microsoft Office 365
While it’s not uncommon for companies to offer incentives to clients to try out new products, Microsoft recently paid the University of Nebraska, $250,000 to move from its existing IBM Lotus notes to Microsoft’s Office 365.
The University stated that they will use the money to convert a large number of the PCs currently using Lotus notes in addition to using the funds to pay for a Microsoft Premier Support agreement covering email and Microsoft Office applications for the University as a whole.
Interestingly enough, while most of the University makes the switch, the Medical Center will not, stating that it will create security issues with its cloud storage that does not meet current Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standards.
So what did it take for Microsoft to have the winning bid against a previous offer to the University, from both Google and IBM? Well, the University noted that with Microsoft’s offer, they will be saving $500,000 in e-mail operating costs.
Hey, now there’s a solution for Microsoft. If they can’t win on their product and service alone, maybe they can buy their way in, paying as many organizations as possible to switch to the service and grab as much of the market share as possible, without losing too much money.