Global firm goes virtual for savings

Global consultancy Bureau Veritas aims to trim 20% off its network service costs over five years by outsourcing its data networks to virtual managed service provider Vanco.

Global consultancy Bureau Veritas aims to trim 20% off its network service costs over five years by outsourcing its data networks to virtual managed service provider Vanco.

Under the multimillion-pound deal, Vanco will link 500 Bureau Veritas locations in 99 countries over the next 12 months using multi-protocol label switching, IPSec, leased lines, DSL, wireless, satellite, and voice and video over IP. The system will replace an existing network that grew in an ad hoc manner, and will help Bureau Veritas to consolidate its application servers.

The network will underpin critical applications including Lotus Notes, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards and Websphere Portal Server.

Bureau Veritas chief information officer Francois Aubry said the main challenges in carrying out such a large migration would be avoiding disruption to the business and managing priorities.

Managing the expectations of business managers would also be crucial. “People in the company believe that Vanco will do miracles, so there are internal pressures. It is about managing internal expectations, and project management. It may look easy on paper but we run the risk of disrupting the business,”  he said.

To mitigate the risks, Aubry has assembled a dedicated project team to oversee the migration.

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