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Customer Stories - Oxford’s Saïd Business School teaches resilience: Azure and Microsoft 365 keep this mission strong

Dear partner community,


Saïd Business School at venerable University of Oxford pursued digital transformation to eliminate capital expenditures and improve service for its international community. No one could have foreseen how well the resilience afforded by Microsoft Azure would serve the school amid global lockdowns imposed by the COVID-19 crisis. With Azure services and Microsoft 365, especially Microsoft Teams, the school is keeping first-class business education flourishing with an international community of digitally connected scholars.


When one of the world’s most prestigious universities sets out to provide best-in-class business education, exciting possibilities arise. Founded originally as the Oxford Centre for Management Studies in 1965, the Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd) was created in 1996. Set in the medieval city of Oxford, United Kingdom, the school is surrounded by science and technology-based businesses that have established Oxford as a digital innovation nexus. But the business school itself was hamstrung by an aging on-premises infrastructure that made supporting its academic community a weighty challenge. A lift to the cloud and prescient innovation brought the school’s IT infrastructure in line with its status as an educational powerhouse. 


"As part of the University of Oxford, we take seriously our responsibility to work with our colleagues to address the most pressing issues of our time. Our investment in Microsoft allows us to support, connect, and collaborate with these global communities to tackle world-scale challenges, through our teaching and learning, research and impact, and entrepreneurship and innovation activities."

Peter Tufano: Dean

Saïd Business School


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