Saab Group Integrates Global Workplace with Secure, Virtualized Platform
- Modernize workplace applications globally
- Ensure network security across all devices
- CSC’s network integration services
- CSC’s IT and application management services
- Introduced secure, virtual network platform
- Standardized practices across global business units
Choosing a single IT partner
Saab Group, a provider of leading defense and civil security products and services, does business in 32 countries stretching from the Nordics to the southern tip of Africa, and from the United States to Australia.
More than 14,000 employees access the company’s networks from the office and out in the field. Network security a key priority for the company, which produces the advanced multi-role Gripen fighter, other manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as radar and missile systems.
For more than 13 years, Saab has relied on CSC for mainframe, midrange and network support, as well as application and desktop management.
“We were integrating our different business units and really wanted to move toward one contractor,” says Mats Hultin, CIO, Saab Group. “CSC is a big, global company with a good track record within aerospace and defense and a really good security awareness program ─ those were the key elements that were important to us.”
Supporting modernization programs
More recently, the Saab has been focusing on modernizing its application portfolio, including the Microsoft suit of products. At the same time, the IT organization has been under pressure to accommodate remote access through PCs and mobile devices.
“Security is most important to us,” Hultin says, “so balancing security, cost-effective solutions and managing that globally ─ that's the challenge and that’s the area where CSC is supporting us a lot.”
CSC’s network specialists worked with Saab to create a virtual global platform that integrates Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager with a Citrix architecture.
Logging on from anywhere − securely
The platform enables Saab employees to log on anywhere in the world, access secure resources, and save the work to a virtual server without downloading a local copy to PCs or wireless devices.
“We've been working on modernizing our workplace environment, so we have developed a fully virtualized platform with a built-in mobility solution,” Hultin says, “We went through some tough decisions on putting this platform in place, but it really worked out well.”
The work on the virtualized platform is serving as the blueprint for Saab’s global operations, which include 25 remote business units that must be integrated with the rest of the company.“These units have their own background, their own history, and they are highly innovative, small companies,” Hultin says.
“Keeping that together with an integrated platform, as well as keeping the integrity of all the security requirements is an area in which CSC is supporting us greatly.”
He adds that he appreciates CSC’s understanding of the aerospace and defense industry, as well as the company’s technical capabilities.
“We see that in CSC’s knowledge what type of processes and what type of business we are dealing with, and the criticality of what we're doing,” he says. “It's just in the veins of what we are doing.”
Building on a long-term relationship
The long-term relationship allows the two companies to collaborate at all levels.
“There is good collaboration with the technical people and all the way up to management level, and a good spirit of really solving the end customers' problems and needs,” Hultin adds.