Coles rolls out Microsoft SharePoint Online to 100K staff

Major Australian supermarket chain Coles has bet on SharePoint Online to improve collaboration amongst staff.

Coles has announced that it will roll out SharePoint Online to 100,000 team members within the next year.

The idea is to provide a more secure and user-friendly platform than the various portals and technologies that the company is currently using for employees to share information, although SharePoint Online would not be replacing a product directly.

"We want to make it easier for our team members to share ideas and network, as well as making it easier to get things done," Coles Australia general manager Conrad Harvey told ZDNet Australia.

"The business is currently operating with a number of portals using different technologies, and with limited secure data, so this announcement represents a significant step forward for our business and team member communication capacity."

Coles said that the products will allow staff to access pay slips, rosters, holiday calendars, team members' special offers, training, blogs and more on any web-enabled device.

The company will launch the systems within the year, according to Harvey, and it will then be progressively made available across the country.

The company had evaluated other products, but settled on Microsoft because it integrates with Coles' existing environment and has a familiar user interface.

"We considered a number of possible solutions before deciding on Microsoft Office 365, both in cloud and on-premises. We felt this was the best solution for our particular business needs," he said.