Bird & Bird fast tracks remote access solution for Olympics 2012

Esteem will implement a global remote access solution to manage Bird & Bird’s global presence and ensure business as usual during the hectic schedule of the Olympics.

IT Services Provider, Esteem Systems, will implement a global remote access solution to manage Bird & Bird’s global presence and ensure business as usual during the hectic schedule of the Olympics.

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with offices in 23 cities across 16 countries. With an office of 450 staff based in London, they decided to fast track their remote access solution to limit business disruptions during the Olympics.

The biggest issue for London businesses during the Games will be congestion on the roads and trains, preventing staff getting to and from work. The Games may also impact companies’ ability to access technology infrastructure, with warnings of slower internet and mobile network connections.*

The solution will provide access to Bird & Bird’s core systems via the internet for the law firm’s employees, meaning they can work from home at a time when London will be at its most congested.

Jon Spencer, Infrastructure Manager for Bird & Bird said: “We needed to update our infrastructure to meet the needs of our global business, and the Olympics was a driver in making this a priority. We need to provide flexible yet secure remote access to our internal systems and offer our employees a device agnostic approach to working.”

Bird & Bird will also be able to better meet the demands of their clients, removing any time or location restrictions on accessing case files.

The solution will be implemented in London in time for the Games, whilst global deployment is scheduled for September.

Based on five physical and four virtual Citrix Netscalers, this global solution will accelerate application delivery, enhance security through integrated firewalls and provide an access gateway for Bird & Bird’s employees across the globe.

By adopting a centralised management approach, Bird & Bird can regain control of their IT and react quicker to staff and client requirements.

Jon said: “Instead of each office looking after their own terminal server for remote access, we will have a centralised environment where entry points are reduced, consequently reducing our hardware and support requirements.”

The law firm’s employees will be the main beneficiaries of the solution, be it a frequent flyer who wants to work from their tablet or an office based employee with home commitments.

Alastair Kitching, Esteem Sales & Marketing Director said: “It’s not just about adopting a contingency plan for the Olympics; the ways in which people work are changing. Employees want to work from anywhere at any time. Companies need to embrace this and implement a solution, such as this one, that provides flexibility to their employees, and better meets the demands of their clients.”

*Source: ‘London 2012 Games: Planning Information for businesses’

Article published: 18/04/2012

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