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Grant Thornton: Meeting equality with Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android


Make hybrid working a seamless experience
for its 1,400+ employees.

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Grant Thornton Australia

1400+ employees
110 Teams meeting rooms installed
40% increase in cost-savings


Grant Thornton Australia (GTAL) is a large Australian accounting firm with six offices and over 110 meeting rooms nationally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, GTAL embarked on a digital transformation journey to modernise 70 meeting rooms. Upgrading from Skype for Business to a native Microsoft Teams meeting experience means they can connect their employees to collaborate as equals - whether working from home, on the go, or in the office.


With 1,400+ employees across Australia, GTAL’s digital transformation challenge was to make hybrid working a seamless experience. They needed to update their aging video conference devices and find a cost-effective room solution that is simple to install and use.

“The complexity of our larger rooms with significant automation, provided additional challenge. These rooms can sit between 20 and 250 people in a video conference, and each individual room refit required significant investment to make the room Microsoft Teams compatible,” said Carlo DeFazio, Technology Officer at Grant Thorton.

“We saved millions of dollars and still had a premium finish. In reality, the saving was not as significant compared to how nice the new equipment was, the rooms look brilliant, the devices were easy to setup for our users. Overall, we could not be happier with our approach and outcome.”

Carlo De-FazioTechnology Officer at Grant Thornton Australia


GTAL was focused on finding a Microsoft Teams room solution for various room configurations that could easily integrate with all other technology used at their premises. It was important that the project was within budget and would achieve the best level of staff collaboration.

Generation-E recommended Poly’s high-quality Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android. The solution included Poly Studio X30, a simple all-in-one video bar for the huddle and small rooms, Poly Studio X50 for mid-sized rooms, and the Poly G7500 for larger rooms.

Carlo highlighted that the Poly G7500 was an ideal option to replace the large rooms.

“Based on Polycom Group Series devices, without replacing cabling and automation systems (well mostly) quickly we worked out, this was something we could do ourselves in most instances. We leveraged our internal skills and existing systems with light touch support from NQAV and Generation E,” Carlo explained.

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