Orange Business Services Secures Multimillion, 5-Year IT Contract Extension From AkzoNobel

orange_business_servicesAkzoNobel,market leader in global paints and coatings and major producer of specialty chemicals,optimizes performance through IT services provided by Orange Business Services. The company signed a multimillion euro, 5-year contract extension with Orange Business Services. The agreement covers secure and scalable IT infrastructure services that will support AkzoNobel in reaching its objectives as a global company, connecting 50,000 employees across 1,200-plus sites in dozens of countries.

A robust and flexible network to support AkzoNobel’s global operations and expansion AkzoNobel’s extension with Orange Business Services is the result of a successful ten-year collaboration between both companies. The new agreement contains a scalable private network for AkzoNobel’s existing 1200-plus sites, including a global security solution. Also included are managed LAN services, managed application acceleration services and a fully managed immersive telepresence solution for 11 main offices around the globe to enhance global collaboration. These services are covered by Integrated Service Management and the dedicated Orange 24×7 helpdesk,including enhanced capabilities to support multiple local languages for selected emerging regions in Latin America and China. itvoice

Moreover, one of AkzoNobel’s ambitions is to build on its leadership and grow towards 50% of total revenues coming from high-growth markets – a goal that Orange Business Services is optimally positioned to support based on its unrivalled global reach and presence, as well as continued strategic investments.

Optimized performance, foundation for global consolidation and innovation AkzoNobel is progressing to accelerate its strategy of consolidating the global business-critical applications within the IT landscape, supporting its global business processes. Through the integrated use of various global networking components combined with application acceleration technology, this agreement helps AkzoNobel to reach those objectives by increasing transparency and agility, while optimizing performance and saving costs.

We are constantly looking for ways to better leverage our global scale, focus on end-user segments and to support further growth in both mature and high-growth markets,” said Pieter Schoehuijs,CIO AkzoNobel. “Orange Business Services is the right partner to support us in reaching these ambitions. We’ve been working together for ten years now and during this period, Orange Business Services has been on the forefront when it comes to reliable and innovative IT solutions globally. Orange Business Services has proven to understand our business requirements, matching those to the right IT solutions, helping us achieve our goals.

We are very happy with the extension of AkzoNobel, allowing us to continue bringing real business value to one of the world’s leading companies as well as our longtime client,” said Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. “The agreement which additionally includes enhancements to our global delivery SLAs, underpins our industry leading position in customer satisfaction and strengthens our unwavering commitment to operational excellence. Through continuous improvement and innovation we’re able to support AkzoNobel in further consolidations that will drive agility and cost reduction. We are fully committed to support the company in this journey.