Office 365 Online

Lewis Stores move to the cloud

Lewis is Southern Africa’s single largest furniture brand which sells a range of household furniture, electrical appliances and home electronics. When you’re a national retailer with hundreds of stores nationwide, server replacement is a significant capital expenditure. An Office 365 Online cloud solution negates the purchase of new hardware while it has many additional benefits any business can benefit from.

Business Problem

Lewis Stores had an ageing mail server in need of an upgrade. At the same time, they sought to increase collaboration amongst employees to increase productivity, increase data security with the increase of ransomware attacks globally, and decrease CAPEX, while ensuring business continuity.

The Office 365 Online Solution

Therefore the recommendation by Crimson Line to solve this one problem within the Lewis Stores ICT environment, was Office 365 Online as it met all the requirements.


Crimson Line defined “the WHY, WHAT and WHO”. The WHY considers the motivations for the business, applications used, technology needs, process management and governance requirements. Also the WHAT ensured that each of the afore-mentioned was done with optimisation in mind. Hence lastly the WHO considers what impact will be seen during and after the process by users and clients.


Office 365 readiness assessment

Hybrid Exchange Migration to Office 365

Technical training of contracted service provider to manage the Hybrid Exchange

Therefore increased drive of user adoption through workshops

Key Office 365 Online Customer Benefits

  • Scalable solution
  • Increased reliability
  • Reduced local server footprint
  • Reduced IT cost through eliminating server maintenance
  • Therefore no downtime during migration
  • User adoption through training