Randstad group to consolidate network infrastructure with BT

HR services giant Randstad Group is standardising its global network infrastructure with BT

Dutch-founded human resources services provider Randstad is consolidating its IT infrastructure globally through a deal with BT’s services arm that will give its sites in 37 countries access to cloud connectivity.

The deal sees Randstad buy into BT’s Cloud of Clouds vision, which allows businesses to buy cloud services from multiple providers.

The company, which has almost 4,500 branches worldwide, will move away from using multiple suppliers in different regions. Instead, it plans to centralise and standardise its network infrastructure in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific with BT.

It will use BT’s Cloud of Clouds full managed service under a single service level agreement that allows enterprises to access cloud apps and services, regardless of where they are hosted, while enabling them to integrate those services into their existing private cloud deployments.

The service is similar to what networking giant Cisco offers through its enterprise-focused Intercloud, which lets users procure cloud services from a host of providers across the globe.

The network will provide connectivity to Amazon Web Services’ cloud in multiple locations and will allow 33,000 employees to use cloud-based voice services.

Bernardo Payet, general manager of Randstad Global IT Solutions, said the current arrangement with different suppliers in each region makes it difficult to manage.

“We were looking for a global network and cloud services integration partner to help us gain more control over our network estate, increase efficiencies, maximise the benefits of the cloud and help accelerate our digital transformation,” he said. “BT will take away the burden of managing a multitude of different suppliers and make it easier for us to implement new services for our employees and customers.”

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Each country in the Randstad group has its own CIO and there is one overall IT head. Randstad Netherlands CIO Michiel Valk recently told Computer Weekly that technology is becoming crucial for the company in its contacts with clients and candidates.

He said it is transforming the recruitment industry with the digitisation of the recruitment process, making the network and access to cloud-based services more important than ever.

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