The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) has around 30,000 students and 3,500 employees. Like all universities in England, UWE Bristol faced decreased government funding due to the economic climate. Though it was confronted with the challenge of reducing costs by 25%, the university saw an opportunity to enhance its business processes and increase academic opportunities for student by improving its use of technology. UWE Bristol partnered with HP, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, to understand how it could take advantage of its existing Microsoft solutions to achieve its goals. After upgrading its Microsoft communications and collaboration platform and implementing new programs developed jointly with HP, the university found it could reduce costs, improve collaboration, and create new academic opportunities.
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