Rancho Valencia is a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort and spa located on 45 rolling acres north of San Diego, CA. Founded in 2001, the privately held property employs 350 with annual revenue of $25M.
“The team took the time to understand our existing email environment, provide a plan and timeline for migrating our email server from on-prem to Rackspace exchange, and then to Office 365.”
The obstacles they faced
U.S. hospitality is a $133 billion industry. IT services and management within the hospitality industry are different from many traditional IT models because, on top of traditional operations, hospitality IT presents many additional challenges related to guest engagement and guest services.
The way a property communicates and responds when troubleshooting, for example, is handled differently than other industries. By investing in technology applications at touchpoints throughout the customer journey, hoteliers have an opportunity to increase revenue and boost guest engagement.
When Rancho Valencia’s on-premises Microsoft® Exchange server footprint became too limited in its capabilities and unable to handle its email needs, management needed a solution.
“Working with the Rackspace Technology team produced organized, transparent and clear direct communication. It was a worry-free transition. You can count on the Rackspace team to deliver on their word.”
How we helped
The resort wanted to make the most of its Microsoft® Office 365™ environment and platform to optimize revenue and customer satisfaction. Rancho Valencia was referred to Rackspace Technology based primarily on its support availability, according to Omid Arjomand, InfoTech Director, Rancho Valencia.
“When it comes to maintaining our email platform, we needed to be able to handle guest-related issues more efficiently and with less anxiety,” Arjomand said. “The Rackspace Technology team took the time to understand our existing email environment, provide a plan and timeline for migrating our email server from on-prem to Rackspace exchange and then to Office 365.”
The resort also wanted to leverage the Office 365 environment and platform as best as possible and relied on Rackspace Technology to help it take advantage of the many tools at its disposal that management still had yet to implement.
Management also cited the promptness and reliability to effectively resolve tickets as a plus working together with Rackspace Technology.
“The Rackspace Technology team was able to adapt and respond effectively to our unique ticketing,” said Arjomand. “Rackspace Technology went above and beyond our expectations when it comes to customer service and professionalism, which we really appreciated.”
Rancho Valencia’s upgraded email platform saw a performance boost of 30%.
What we achieved together
With the help of Rackspace Technology, Rancho Valencia was able to reduce costs, improve performance and strengthen security while providing guests with a five-star digital experience. The upgraded Rancho Valencia email platform has given users a 30% faster and more secure experience than before.
The resort is also taking fuller advantage of Office 365 applications since the new email platform is now in the same Office 365 ecosystem with applications.
The improved platform is saving money as well as freeing up resources for app development. Stability, security and the ease of addressing compliance all increased, thanks to Office 365 platform tools and resources.
“Working with the Rackspace Technology team produced organized, transparent and clear direct communication. It was a worry-free transition,” said Arjomand. “You can count on the Rackspace Technology team to deliver on their word.”
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