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BT Powers Michelin’s IT Transformation With Networks, Security And UC

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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BTGS will help Michelin’s digital transformation and make the business more efficient

BT is to transform Michelin’s IT infrastructure, upgrading its network and security tools, and rolling out unified communications services across 43 countries.

The French tyre manufacturer agreed a five year deal with BT Global Services late last year and the partners are now in the late deployment phase of the project.

Michelin will manage the infrastructure at 216 sites from France and will be supported by a network operations centre and centralised network management from BT.

Michelin Office

BT Michelin

“At Michelin, we are driven to look for new ideas to improve the performance of our products and the efficiency of our business,” said Agnès Mauffrey, Group CIO of Michelin. “We see a great match between these requirements and BT’s global reach, local in-country capabilities and strong global portfolio.

“Our aim is to create a platform for digital innovation which will give our people around the world high performance access to cloud-based services, allowing them to collaborate more effectively. This is being done in a secure and reliable environment over which we have complete control.”

“We are proud that Michelin has entrusted BT with its global IT network, the core platform that will underpin its digital transformation programme,” added BTGS CEO Luis Alvarez.

“We understand how important digital is to our customers and how cloud services integration can contribute to their success. In the midst of this digital revolution, we also make sure that organisations retain control of their IT, so that the performance, reliability and security of their cloud applications meet all their business requirements.”

In recent times.  BTGS has strengthened its ‘cloud of clouds’ strategy with security from Trend Micro and direct access to public cloud platforms such as the Oracle Cloud. However the unit has had a troubled few months.

An accounting scandal in Italy resulted in a £500 million write down at BT and there are suggestions BT could sell the unit.

A number of significant UK clients are served under BT Business, including the Co-operative Group which has just entered into a five year deal of its own.

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