Orange Business Services, an international service provider, completed a complex integration project for 6 regional offices of Lafarge, a global leader in the production of cement. The modern Enterprise Telephony has been implemented in the company along with Managed LAN. The server infrastructure has also been modernized. The project made it possible to optimize the company's expenses by 95% and reduce the IT personnel workload.
Cooperation between Orange Business Services and Lafarge began in 2012, when our client decided to expand data transmission channels between its Moscow office and headquarters in France. Within the first agreement, Orange provided Lafarge with an international IP VPN channel with high-capacity bandwidth. Lafarge's move to a new Moscow office at the end of 2012 made it possible to extend cooperation between the companies. Within tight deadlines Orange specialists were able to organize set-up of computer networks in the Moscow office of Lafarge based on Managed LAN and Managed Router network solutions.
In the summer of 2013, Lafarge faced the challenge to modernize the corporate telephony system in regions where the company's factories are located. At the same time, Orange had to solve some of the client's other tasks. One of Lafarge's main conditions was transfer from capital expenses for IT to operational ones (OPEX instead of CAPEX). Trying to reduce the workload of IT personnel, the company was interested in a fully managed solution from one provider. Enterprise Telephony and Managed LAN services offered by Orange made it possible to ensure a comprehensive approach to solution of all the client's tasks.
Within the project, Lafarge telecommunication systems were replaced with new Cisco equipment. New Cisco UCM services made it possible to extend the number of users from 1,000 to 5,000, perform full backup copying of the system and ensure its stable and fault-tolerant operation. The servers were located in Orange data processing centers in Moscow, and this enabled the client to reduce operational expenses on equipment operation.
"This project gave us an opportunity to implement experience accumulated during long years of work. Modernization of Lafarge's corporate telephone network implies not only hooking up channels and data centers, but also represents a non-standard integrated solution which meets all the client's requirements," commented Olivier Quesson, Chief Commercial Officer of Orange Business Services in Russia and CIS. "We are glad that we managed to offer a fully manageable service, which enabled the client to reduce expenses by at least 95%."
Lafarge is a global leader in the production of construction materials and holds high positions in all areas of its activities: cement, non-metallic materials and concrete. The company employs around 68,000 employees in 64 countries around the world.