Atos is a global IT company that partners with enterprise-scale entities to deliver digital transformation capable of furthering important business objectives, meeting environmental targets, and embracing social initiatives. The company employs 110,000 specialists across 73 countries, and credits some of this expansive footprint to a series of mergers and acquisitions that have taken place since its creation in 1997.
As is often the case, these mergers brought with them varying best practices and technological solutions. Some of these solutions were homegrown, while others eventually reached end of life. As Atos began looking into ways to unify and modernize its technological landscape, the company also noticed an uptick in demand for increased mobile productivity from its employees. People wanted to bring their own devices to work, and they wanted access to company files from not only mobile devices, but multiple company-managed devices at the same time. This made data security a concern, because Atos needed to make sure it could rein in unauthorized sharing from multiple device types.
Operating a predominantly on-premises infrastructure, the company knew that making so many changes at once would require a costly hardware refresh in its datacenters. “Integrating our numerous on-premises implementations across so many countries would have been a massive undertaking,” says Ralf van Houtem, Global Manager of Digital Workplace at Atos. “On the other hand, it was the perfect opportunity to make the move to a digital workplace model.” Atos examined the cloud-based options available to it, and concluded that Microsoft 365, with its notably relevant inclusions of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Office 365, and Windows 10, best fit its needs.
“Our employees were asking more and more for a solution that focuses on accessibility and productivity, and that’s what Microsoft 365 delivers,” says van Houtem. “The strength of Microsoft 365 is the tight integration between the Windows 10 operating system and the productivity and collaboration tools that make up Office 365, along with the easy-to-configure data management policies that can be applied directly from the internet without the need for traditional workplace imaging.”