Paint maker AkzoNobel has expanded its agreement with Orange Business Services to transform its global network and security infrastructure, converge information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) and enhance security.
The partnership will enable AkzoNobel to scale up its innovation budget and drive digital transformation. Orange is providing a range of services, including software-defined WAN and LAN, multisourcing service integration (MSI), security and consulting services for AkzoNobel’s global connectivity transformation.
Also, Orange will support AkzoNobel in centralising its IT/OT network operations, connecting and managing its entire footprint from factory to store, across all regions.
Orange will manage services and technologies from multiple network and voice vendors for AkzoNobel using an MSI model. This will enable AkzoNobel to simplify its partner landscape and reduce overall spend.
In addition, Orange is establishing a CyberSOC as part of overseeing end-to-end security for both IT and OT. Powered by Orange Cyberdefense, this will pull together forensic security, security event analysis and risk analysis. Orange will also roll out additional security processes for the company’s network infrastructure, including for roaming users and third parties.
As part of its transformation, AkzoNobel is moving its applications to the cloud. Orange is providing robust, secure connectivity from digital workspaces to cloud-based applications for their global workforce.
SD-WAN will help AkzoNobel further optimise its networking expenditures by leveraging internet access, providing direct cloud access for branches and prioritising business-critical applications through high-performance connections. Orange is also managing and integrating AkzoNobel’s legacy communications to enable an efficient and effective transformation to unified communications (UC) cloud services.
“To operate more efficiently, we wanted to simplify our IT ecosystem partner landscape. Looking forward, we are eager to co- innovate with Orange around OT and data intelligence services to further boost our business,” said Dirk van der Heijden, director of Global IT Operations at AkzoNobel.
“We have a long and rich history with AkzoNobel in optimizing its infrastructure to provide a competitive edge,” said Frank Baggermans, Managing Director, Benelux at Orange Business Services.