Aug 11, 2020

Box: Powerful Security, Faster Business

Jack Grimshaw
2 min
Box: Powerful Security, Faster Business
Business Chief EMEA takes a closer look at Box, a key strategic partner of MED-EL, to learn how it’s making it easier to work better...

Box’s mission is a clear one - enable people to access, organise, and find their content with speed and ease. A centralised workspace, where individuals can edit, review, share files, and assign tasks is the foundation of effective, efficient collaboration, and is exactly what Box is offering.

With Box’s collaboration solutions, teams can seamlessly enable cohesion between themselves and other departments, customers, partners and vendors. The ability to simplify workflows means that crucial processes can be automated to be repeated and never missed or failed. 

Box can also guarantee frictionless security, with flexibility over the controls to ensure the most sensitive data sets are protected at all times. With more than 1,400 integrations, Box ensures that a company’s content is connected to all of its most important tools.

Not only has Box established itself as a crucial partner to MED-EL, but it also has worked with a number of global leaders, such as Coca-Cola, Flex, GE, and Virgin Trains. One of its most notable projects has been the implementation of the cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to 22,000 employees of The Coca-Cola Company.

By integrating its services with industry-leading apps that enable teamwork and collaboration, such as Zoom, Slack, and Office 365, Box can be relied on by teams to deliver a smooth workflow, capable of ensuring that content is secure and consistent across all apps and brands.

In an exclusive interview with Business Chief EMEA, MED-EL’s Chief Digital Officer Martin Hairer spoke of the importance of the company’s partnership with Box. “As you can imagine for us with our business partners and clinics, data and information, exchange and collaboration is a very important topic.” Hairer explained.

“Everything we can improve in that regard has a tremendous impact on cost savings and quality and outcomes for the users. Before our cloud transformation here at MED-EL, we tried to maintain everything with data exchange tools. It’s horrible to do this on your own.” He continued.

Overcoming this complexity is where Box made the difference for MED-EL. “You need an army of cybersecurity specialists who keep only one tool up and running safely, and that’s exactly where Box came in. It provides us a really nice way to collaborate across the company and the partners.”

Transforming the way that MED-EL handles its data and content has been a significant achievement of the crucial partnership between the two companies, a testament to the solutions provided by Box.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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