In 1988, a small boutique opened its doors on Rue Malher in Paris. This was the beginning of Paule Ka, a fashion brand that is known to this day for its accessible luxury and sophisticated ready-to-wear collections. The 2008 launch of the company’s Black Carpet collection was particularly well received as celebrities flocked to snap up the brand.
While chiefly a boon to the company, this level of notoriety had some unforeseen side effects. With just over 200 employees, Paule Ka remains a boutique business. The attention it receives, however, is on par with that of much larger companies, including malicious activities like sophisticated phishing campaigns. Some of these attacks have been so concerted that company information, including employee home addresses, were stolen by the attackers. Paule Ka took this vulnerability seriously, and especially so with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation on the horizon, but its existing security solution wasn’t advanced enough to handle numerous daily threats properly.
As Paule Ka began looking for ways to better secure its data and email, company leadership began to identify other areas of the business that needed modernization. The company’s productivity suite, Lotus Notes, didn’t offer the mobility or collaboration capabilities that Paule Ka required. Employees in the company’s boutiques had recently switched to using smartphones and tablet devices as their primary customer-interaction tools, and the company wanted to ensure that these devices could be managed and kept secure remotely. Paule Ka also needed to update its cloud infrastructure to a more secure SQL-based solution.
Reaching out to its technology partner, Be-Cloud, Paule Ka decided to switch from Lotus Notes to Microsoft 365 Business, which brings together Microsoft Office 365, Windows 10, and advanced security and device management features. With Windows 7, the company’s existing operating system, reaching end of support in 2020, the move could hardly have come at a more opportune time. "Upgrading to Windows 10 has had all sorts of benefits,” says Alain Quillet, Deputy CEO of Paule Ka. “The migration process was simple, our users appreciate the familiarity and ease of use, and our IT department enjoys the improved security.”