Telenor Sweden Seeks More Flexibility, Lower Costs in the Cloud
- Streamline IT operations
- Provide improved customer service while reducing costs
- Outsource IT services and infrastructure to CSC
- Improve business processes with cloud computing services, including BizCloud, a private cloud solution
- Increased flexibility and stability in IT environments
- Reduced costs enabled by a standard rate card and pay-as-you-go pricing
CSC cloud services are spreading across the globe, including Scandinavia. Telenor Sweden, one of Sweden’s largest mobile communications operators, is embracing CSC’s BizCloud, our private cloud offering.
With the explosion of mobile computing — cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices — it is essential that telecom companies provide standardized services so users can access mobile applications readily. Companies also need a flexible mobile infrastructure that can grow with changes in business needs.
Paying only for what you need
Telenor Sweden’s chief business goal is to improve the customer experience, and transforming IT operations is a big part of that strategy. For Telenor, the pay-as-you-go nature of cloud services means cost efficiency and increased flexibility.
CSC’s BizCloud offering provides the flexibility associated with cloud computing as well as optimal security and privacy. Costs are reduced and predictable — the offering is billed as a service with a standard rate card.
Magnus Lundin, Telenor Sweden’s director of IS/IT operations, says, “Today, we are paying more or less the same amount for services around the clock, 24x7, and that’s not a very cost-effective way to run our business. You don’t need to have high capacity and high availability 24 hours per day.”
With BizCloud, CSC customers pay only for what they use. Lundin says it is much more in line with Telenor’s business model, and much more cost efficient. For instance, Telenor generates a huge amount of business in the month before Christmas, so it is important that its sales system be up and running efficiently.
“Cloud economics allows you to enable your sales force during peak periods without consistently increasing costs,” he says. Tor-Vidar Fosser, CSC’s account executive for Telenor Sweden, says, “Telenor wanted a better service for their customers and a more resilient and elastic infrastructure to meet their business goals.
Cloud computing was the best solution to meet their needs.” Fosser says the standardized rate card and pay-as-you-go billing were key reasons Telenor selected BizCloud.
“Most importantly, they are paying for what they use and nothing else. That gives them the freedom to scale up and down and know exactly what it’s going to cost them.”
Increased stability is also a key benefit and helpful in improving customer service. Lundin says improved business processes also play a key role. “We need to have a stable operational environment, and I think that cloud computing will contribute to that. From a technical perspective, our service levels will be much higher.”
As Telenor Sweden adjusts its business to become more customer-centric, Lundin also sees benefits when his company performs testing and integration. “Cloud computing makes testing environments much easier and much more flexible, and much more cost efficient, as well.”
A trusted partner
In outsourcing IT services and infrastructure, Telenor wants a company that is closely familiar with the telecom industry and understands the company’s business goals. CSC has a proven track record as a reliable provider of technology services to Telenor Sweden since 1993. In addition to management of Telenor Sweden’s billing, mediation and customer relationship management systems, CSC’s scope of work at Telenor has recently expanded to include comprehensive IT operations outsourcing.
CSC’s position as a company that consistently enables secure solutions that scale to meet customers’ needs, combined with our ability to provide simplified solutions, serves as a strong foundation for building top-notch cloud offerings.
With BizCloud, CSC offers a solution that takes the economics of cloud and combines that with the manageability of an enterprise cloud to mitigate risk and offer an affordable alternative for production workloads.
BizCloud is built on the market-leading cloud fabric Vblock from VCE Company and is a VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. In addition to fostering industry partnerships, building trust and providing quality services to clients are also characteristic of CSC.
Lundin says, “To succeed, it’s important that we work together with industrial partners who are industry leaders in the field. By learning from each other and sharing common processes, we can achieve much higher quality in our respective fields. We believe that CSC is that kind of an industry leader partner.”
Even with the excitement over cloud computing, cloud is just a small part of what CSC has to offer, Lundin points out. “The big upside is what cloud is enabling for us as a customer of CSC. By turning over a lot of this non-core business to CSC, Telenor can focus on what we should focus on and hopefully be more successful in the market.”
Learn more about CSC BizCloud.