Application Development encourages employee engagement and organization-wide user adoption.
Technologies & Features
When Alcoa split into two independent, publicly traded businesses. The bauxite- and aluminum-focused company kept the Alcoa name. The new business entity, Arconic, is comprised of engineered products, global rolled products, and transportation and construction solutions.
Plus+ engaged with Arconic’s end-user productivity manager and marketing team to create a Photo Gallery Application accessible through PCs and mobile devices in order to build excitement around the launch of the new company. Arconic wanted an easily accessible, user-friendly, and publicly available photo-sharing application that allowed them to effortlessly and anonymously publish content to their internal community, which spans across 157 sites and approximately 43,000 global employees.
Arconic faced tight deadlines for production and selected Plus Consulting’s dedicated Application Development team to complete the project. The Plus+ team used Azure Web Apps to quickly stand up the environment, which included one local instance, one development environment, and one production environment. Using Azure allowed Plus+ to create an application that could process, compress, and store (blob storage) all of the shared images. Azure enabled fast and easy retrieval of the images in a scalable manner.
Within the first week of the launch, the Arconic Photo Gallery Application serviced 1.74 million requests. During the first month, over 2.74 million requests were serviced, and the App published 1,377 global uploads. The winner of the contest for the best image received over 7,000 likes. Future enhancements to the application may include the development of Galleries and Polls or Surveys for the image library.
Cloud Services solution provides the global steel industry leader a strong foundation.
Technologies & Features
U.S. Steel employs 13,000 global IT users. The corporation engaged with Plus+ to migrate from a legacy on premise platform to the latest cloud-based Microsoft technology. In addition migrating their Lotus Notes system to Microsoft Exchange, U.S. Steel and Plus+ also upgraded the organization’s Office client from a mix of 2007 and 2010 versions to Pro Plus 2016. The migration and upgrade has enabled U.S. Steel to realize a decrease in infrastructure costs for this project and future roll-outs, as well as accurately forecast future IT spending.
The success of the project led U. S. Steel to acquire ASM tools for additional security and evaluate Intune for mobile device applications and management. Plus+ and U.S. Steel also replaced Sametime with Skype for Business for an enhanced, integrated collaboration.