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​Komatsu chooses BT for its global IT infrastructure

Press Release   •  Nov 23, 2016 08:26 GMT

BT to design, build and manage hybrid network and related IT services

for the age of the cloud

BT today announced a contract with international mining and construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu for a new global IT infrastructure covering 26 sites across 15 countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific and South-America.

BT will design, build and manage a resilient, hybrid network combining BT’s IP Connect Globalwith its hybrid service (hVPN) for smaller locations, which lets office-based workers securely access their corporate network through the internet.

Komatsu’s business critical voice traffic for around 1,100 employees will be routed using BT’s One Voice centralised SIP trunking service - replacing traditional voice services with voice-over-IP technology. BT’s biggest customers lower their costs by up to 34 per cent by switching to BT One Voice.

The scope also includesperformance improvements for Komatsu’s enterprise applications - including its voice traffic - by using BT Connect Intelligence, where the quality of service will be measured in terms of business outcomes rather than traditional network SLAs.

It is important for Komatsu that its new provider possesses strong data centre and cloud services integration capabilities, as it foresees to migrate a number of its enterprise applications to the cloud over the coming years.

As a first step, BT’s professional services team, BT Advise, will consolidate Komatsu’s central IT infrastructure in two BT data centres. BT Compute data centre services in-scope include telehousing, internet access and load balancing – improving the distribution of workloads across multiple computing resources.

Chris Borremans, CIO at Komatsu Europe, said: “Today’s agreement is the start of a journey whereby we will be moving towards flexible, cloud-based services supporting our operations, customers and employees across the globe. We believe that BT is the right cloud services integrator to help shape our roadmap and realise our vision.”

Fabrice De Windt, BT’s CEO for the Benelux, said: "We are very proud that Komatsu has selected us for its global IT infrastructure. This opens the path for an ambitious digital transformation journey, supported by our Cloud of Cloudsportfolio strategy. We are looking forward to demonstrating how our global capabilities will drive great business outcomes for Komatsu."

Notes for Editors

BT’s portfolio strategy: the Cloud of Clouds

The cloud is creating choices that never existed before. Through understanding those choices comes the confidence and the ability to harness change and do things that matter: get to market and innovate faster, keep costs down, and keep customers happy.

BT’s Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy is about allowing customers to connect easily and securely to the applications and data they need, regardless of where they’re hosted and where they are based.

As a cloud service integrator, we help customers move confidently and successfully along their cloud journey whilst minimising the complexity, risk and cost; to give them a choice of roadmaps that work for their organisation, in a way that will deliver the results they need.

We manage the whole process from network to cloud, we deal with third parties, deliver performance and security and simplify pricing, all under a single Service Level Agreement.

Click here for more information on the Cloud of Clouds.

For further information

BT in the Benelux

Dennis Doodeman, PR & Corporate Relations, Benelux & Nordics

Tel. +31 88 212 5194

E-Mail: dennis.doodeman@bt.com

About Komatsu

Komatsu Europe International n.v. (KEISA) is the European Headquarter of the Komatsu Group, which is based in Tokyo, Japan. KEISA has been representing Komatsu in Belgium since 1967.

KEISA imports and distributes Komatsu construction, mining and utility equipment to European and North African countries and supervises the Group’s European legal and financial operations. KEISA is also the Parts Distribution Centre for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Komatsu products are renowned around the world for high technology, productivity, reliability, economical operation, ease of use and safety. In 2008, Komatsu launched the very first Hybrid Excavator, and environmental protection is designed into all Komatsu machines.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2016, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,042m with reported profit before taxation of £3,029m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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