National Oilwell Varco (NOV) manufactures oil-well equipment. The company’s fortunes, not surprisingly, can ebb and flow with volatility in oil and gas commodities markets. When oil prices dropped a few years ago, CIO Alex Philips realized he had to do more with less.
Philips and team worked to reduce the burden of legacy technical debt, lower costs, build out more capabilities, and secure their globally-distributed organization. They took a pragmatic approach to the cloud: shifting to SD-WAN, deploying Office 365, and replacing security appliances with cloud-based inline security. NOV’s secure cloud transformation has led to lower costs, better security, and improved user experience.
Reduce legacy technical debt
Reduce costs after industry downturn
Build out more capabilities
Secure a globally-distributed organization
Upgrade connectivity pipes
Implement SD-WAN solution
Start with Office 365
Extend support to iPads, Macs, iOS mobile
Replace security appliances with cloud-based, inline security
Move HR, finance apps to internet
Evangelize, drive organic user adoption
“Slashed tens of millions of dollars from budget”: MPLS, branch hardware appliances
Improved user experience with direct-to-internet connectivity
Better security: full SSL/TLS- encrypted traffic inspection, sandboxing, intrusion prevention
Improved mobile workforce productivity
Successfully deployed Office 365
Expanded technology footprint
Simplified administration, systems management with policy-based controls
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