Verizon Business Solutions Provide BEST’s Global Mobile Workers With Access to Key Company Information

BEST (Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology) has chosen solutions from Verizon […]

February 13, 2009

BEST (Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology) has chosen solutions from Verizon Business to optimize the productivity of the company’s mobile workers — whether they are on the road, in the office or at home. Verizon Mobility Solutions offer secure, reliable and efficient access to business-critical applications, while Verizon Private IP links the company’s global office sites.

BEST specializes in engineering, manufacturing, selling and installing sorting machinery for the food and nonfood industries. The company is active in more than 40 countries in Europe, America and Asia, and has a worldwide network of local agents delivering service to its global customer base.

Many BEST employees work on the road and therefore, BEST decided to streamline its communications infrastructure to enable secure collaboration and the availability of software applications both in and outside the office. BEST’s overall objective is to provide the best possible customer service by empowering employees, wherever they are in the world, with simple, secure and easily available access to core business information.

Verizon Enterprise Mobility service — which provides simple and secure connectivity to the corporate network for mobile workers at airports, train stations, hotels and event venues — seamlessly integrates with Verizon Private IP. This enables BEST’s employees to maximize their time, regardless of location.

Paul Berghmans, co-founder and CIO of BEST, explains: “As a global company, our business success is reliant on our employees’ ability to communicate in real time with their colleagues in multiple geographies while on the road. With Verizon Enterprise Mobility, our remote and mobile workers have multiple options to securely connect to the corporate network, using secure, high-speed Internet connections and a user-friendly client installed on their mobile device. Ultimately, this enables us to focus on our customers wherever we are in the world – and in today’s business environment, that customer focus is absolutely key to business success.”

The BEST global network is built on MPLS-based Verizon Private IP, which provides secure, dedicated connectivity between the company’s offices in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States, with Hong Kong access planned for the near future. BEST mobile users are routed to the corporate network via Verizon Secure Gateway, using Verizon Enterprise Mobility. This includes globally available Internet access, with more than 85,000 hot spots among the options available to users, and advanced end-user client software, which BEST can administer centrally to ensure that all communications to the corporate network comply with BEST’s security policies.

Nicholas De Walsche, sales director for Verizon Business Belgium and Luxembourg, said: “An increasingly mobile workforce is now the norm for global companies such as BEST, and hence, secure access to key applications hosted on the corporate network is now a key CIO priority. Verizon Business solutions can transform secure, safe and efficient teleworking from pipe dream to reality for global businesses, seamlessly enabling work to take place in any environment, whether at the office, in the home or on the road.”

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