AkzoNobel, Orange Business Services to Introduce Secure End-to-End Global Connectivity Services

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 company said.

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. Orange will also support AkzoNobel in centralizing its IT/OT network operations, connecting and managing its entire footprint from factory to store, across all regions.

As a global digital services integrator, 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.

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 optimize its networking expenditures by leveraging Internet access, providing direct cloud access for branches and prioritizing 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.

Orange is also providing consultancy for AkzoNobel´s data analytics programs enabling the company to harvest maximum insight from data across its business. This will enable it to gather business intelligence, value and insight. All services are integrated in the AkzoNobel environment and consistently managed globally, delivering reporting dashboards and advice that provide real business value.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, AkzoNobel makes paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. For more information visit www.akzonobel.com.

Orange Business Services is a network-native digital services company and the global enterprise division of the Orange Group. It connects, protects and innovates for enterprises around the world to support sustainable business growth.