Our client is one of the world’s leading multinational healthcare intelligence and clinical research organisations that provide consulting, clinical development and commercialisation services for the pharmaceutical industry.
The client had completed a large acquisition and both halves were on different MPLS networks.
We proposed a three-stage approach: Stabilisation, Remediation and Transformation.
The first thing we did was to organise a meeting of stakeholders (IT Security, IT Operations) to discuss the requirements for the new global Network. It was decided that it would be a SASE Network overlaid on DIA circuits from at least two diverse vendors per remote site. An RFP document was drawn up, and a vendor was selected for the SASE element and 2 vendors were selected for the DIA element.
Working in conjunction with facilities, we determined which locations would be retained and which would be closed due to the acquisition. We then ordered the DIA circuits to the sites that would remain and the SASE appliances for each of those sites. The installation and cutover were then prioritised and synchronized with the DIA Circuit delivery. The entire project was completed within six months.
Because of the speed of installation, the client was able to terminate a lot of the MPLS circuits in very short order and associate any early termination fees with the integration budget. The subsequent saving amount between the MPLS Circuit and the DIA Circuit’s cost was well over $ 1 million per year.