Eurostar Takes The Cloud Under The Sea With Box Deployment

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Eurostar says Box will make its workforce easier to manage and mobile across the UK, France and Belgium

Cross-channel passenger train operator Eurostar is rolling out Box’s cloud platform to its 1,600 employees in London, Paris and Brussels, claiming it will improve efficiency and mobility.

The company says the deployment will make it easier to manage a workforce spread across three countries through better internal and external collaboration as well as the ability to access documents anywhere from any device.

Previously, Eurostar used a combination of email and on-premise file sharing to distribute documents within the company.

Box Eurostar deployment

Eurostar 2“Box provides us with a smooth, unified, way of accessing content and a brilliant collaboration platform for our disparate workforce,” explained Eurostar CIO Antoine de Kerviler. “Box has helped us to transform the way we access information and fundamentally change the way we work across projects.”

For example, Eurostar’s procurement teams will use Box to deal with contract management, HR will use it to manage new employees and those leaving, while communications will use it to release press materials. Drivers too will benefit from offline access to manuals through an iPad.

Now that the Channel Tunnel has 4G access, employees might even be able to log in underneath the English Channel.

The partnership is the latest transport related deal for Box, which already has agreements with Network Rail, Gatwick Airport and Hamburg Airport, as well as a number of other major customers.

“Eurostar’s deployment underscores the increased adoption we’ve seen in Europe, as companies of all sizes move towards a more mobile and collaborative workforce,” said David Quantrell, Box’s head of EMEA. “Box helps enable secure content sharing, collaboration and mobility with robust admin controls to securely run an essential service connecting the UK with the rest of the Continent. Eurostar is a leading example in the transportation industry of companies moving to cloud technologies.”

Box is gearing up for its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) and recently launched its investor roadshow. The company hopes to raise $137.5m (£90.94m) during the floatation, which has been delayed since last year.

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