More than just cloud-based storage
Avago Technologies, based in San Jose, California, is a semiconductor manufacturing business with employees dispersed across the US, Europe and Asia.
To support its distributed operations, Avago maintained multiple file servers in multiple locations. Without onsite staff, the upgrades, backups and disaster recovery services were time consuming and costly. And, as a result of increasing usage and accumulating file storage servers, costs and capital expenditures were rising, escalating costs to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Avago needed a cloud-based solution that addressed two critical needs — PC backup and collaborative file sharing. Avago also wanted a solution that integrated with their already adopted SaaS technologies, including Gmail and Google Apps.
While other file sharing solutions could not meet Avago's needs, Box was able to do everything — and more. For Avago, Box quickly became the standard to secure, access and share files.
Easy to use. Reliable. Scalable.
Avago initially chose Box because of its enterprise security, auditing and monitoring capabilities. Box not only fit their needs, but matched the Avago IT philosophy.
"Box fits the '3S-3C' model," says Andy Nallappan, CIO at Avago. "Simplicity, scalability and security. Cloud-based, clean desks and current."
Avago rolled out Box to its then 3,600 employees and migrated 18 million files from its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system. It also eliminated all of its Windows-based servers. Implementation was simple, and employees and IT were able to install, deploy, maintain and use Box with minimal training.
When Avago closed its acquisition of LSI in 2014, all 6,000 LSI employee accounts were migrated to Box, and Box accounts were available to all new employees the day the acquisition was closed. Clearly, Box could scale quickly and easily with Avago's growth without incurring capital expenditures.
Box cuts costs by $4.9 million (£3.4 million)
Within two years of its initial deployment, Avago deployed Box to 80% of its employees and consultants worldwide. Through its wall-to-wall deployment of Box, Avago realised savings of $4.9 million (£3.4 million) in current and future IT costs over a five-year term.
Avago also integrated Box as the content platform behind its Oracle ERP solution, saving $100,000 (£70,000). Moving forward, Avago plans to use Box as the content platform behind its SaaS business applications.
Boosted productivity and employee satisfaction
On top of all these cost benefits, Avago also found additional returns on its investment, including employee productivity and satisfaction.
Box simplified collaboration when sharing content internally or externally, and Avago employees could access critical documents from any device at any time. Box also eliminated the need for email attachments with its secure shared links, and ensured that everyone was always working with the most up-to-date version of any file.
With 24/7 access to important files, notes and approvals, there was zero downtime during critical collaboration times. Real work was done, and it was done quickly and efficiently.
With Box, Avago now has one central repository for all its content that integrates across their IT ecosystem, including Oracle and Google. IT has also improved disaster avoidance capabilities, with instant backup and unlimited version history of any file.