Company Name: Raven Industries
City, State: Sioux Falls, SD
Industry Vertical: Applied Technology
Raven was founded in Sioux Falls, SD in 1956 as a manufacturer of high-altitude research balloons for NASA and the American space program. From that single product line, Raven evolved into a successful publicly traded corporation (RAVN:NASDAQ). Their business portfolio has changed over the last few years in line with their strategy, but their commitment to providing high-quality, high-value products has never changed. Today Raven is represented by four businesses: Applied Technology, Engineered Films, Electronic Systems & Aerostar.
As a manufacturer of many different engineering & technology products, Raven Industries needed a solution that would allow them to communicate easily between departments and easily work together on projects.
Heartland Technology Solutions and Raven collaborated to implement a full Unified Communications solution that would help drive communication, cut costs on meetings with clients and internally, as well as assist in knowing when staff is available.
The implementation consisted of IM Communicator and Live Meeting, along with Presence integrated into an existing Cisco phone system. They are now dialing from Communicator and are using the voice capabilities.
The staff is now able to save costs with the use of Live Meeting, and the enhanced presence feature lets them collaborate easier throughout the day by knowing when other staff members are available. By installing the OCS Web Role, employees are now able to easily communicate with each other even while traveling. With the OCS federation feature installed, they are also able to communicate with trusted partners, allowing Raven to complete projects in a more efficient, timely manner. As a backend update service, Sharepoint was also installed with the full solution.