Continental AG is adopting Microsoft Office 365 to boost productivity

Business Situation

With sales of €44 billion in 2017, Continental AG is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide and currently has about 235,000 employees in 50+ countries. Continental AG employees are using IBM Notes and IBM Sametime for mail, calendars and virtual collaboration. They also use several products from Microsoft, particularly for workplace and collaboration.

To support a vision to introduce new, efficient and user-friendly work styles, Continental AG made a strategic decision to move to Microsoft Office 365. After selecting Avanade as strategic partner, the goal was set to migrate all affected Continental AG employees to Office 365 by the end of December 2018.

“With this project Continental AG will introduce a new, efficient and user-friendly work style, based on Office 365 digital capabilities by the end of 2018 to support Continental‘s vision to be the most attractive and most progressive employer.”

Stefan Hopf IT Project Manager, Continental AG


Avanade has supported Continental AG since September 2015, envisioning and implementing the project in several steps. Key elements of the project include:

  • Integrating Office 365 services into the Continental AG IT service and operations structure
  • Migrating workloads for mail (such as calendar, contacts, tasks), personal file storage and real time communications to Office 365
  • Implementing Office 365 as a standard, cost-effective, agile, responsive and efficient IT solution for supporting the digital workplace


The implementation, transition and preparation of the global rollout and surrounding services of Office 365 started in February 2017, positioning Avanade as an end-to-end partner and trusted advisor for Continental’s AG Lotus Notes to Microsoft journey.

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