Broadcom Limited saves $4.9M while improving collaboration

Broadcom Limited — formerly Avago Technologies — is a semiconductor manufacturing business with employees dispersed across the U.S., Europe and Asia.


To support its distributed operations, Broadcom Limited maintained multiple file servers in multiple locations. Without onsite staff, the upgrades, backups and disaster recovery services were time consuming and costly. Plus, annual costs and capital expenditures rose to hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of increased usage and accumulation of file storage servers. 


Broadcom Limited needed a cloud-based solution that addressed two critical needs: PC backup and collaborative file sharing. They also wanted a solution that integrated with their existing SaaS technologies, including G Suite, Salesforce and DocuSign.


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"Box fits the '3S-3C' model: Simplicity, scalability and security. Cloud-based, clean desks and current."

- Andy Nallappan, Vice President and CIO, Broadcom Limited


Easy to use, reliable and scalable


Broadcom Limited initially chose Box because of its enterprise security, auditing and monitoring capabilities. They quickly realised that it was able to do much more, and it became the standard to secure, access and share files. Box not only fit their needs but matched their IT philosophy.


"Box fits the '3S-3C' model," Andy Nallappan, Vice President and CIO at Broadcom Limited, said. "Simplicity, scalability and security. Cloud-based, clean desks and current."


Broadcom Limited originally rolled out Box to 3,600 employees, migrated 18 million files from its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system and 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 they closed its acquisition of LSI in 2014, all 6,000 LSI employee accounts were migrated to Box and accounts were available the day the acquisition closed. Clearly, Box could scale quickly and easily with Broadcom Limited's growth without incurring capital expenditures.


Cutting costs by $4.9 million


Within two years of its initial deployment, Broadcom Limited deployed Box to 80% of its employees and consultants worldwide. Through its wall-to-wall deployment, they realised a savings of $4.9 million in current and future IT costs over a five-year term. 


Broadcom Limited also integrated Box as the cloud content management platform behind its Oracle ERP solution, saving $100k. Moving forward, they plan to use Box as the underlying content layer behind its SaaS business applications.


Cutting Costs by 4.9 million


Boosted productivity and employee satisfaction


On top of all these cost benefits, Broadcom Limited also found additional returns on its investment, including employee productivity and satisfaction. 


Box simplified collaboration when sharing content internally or externally, and 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 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 down time during critical collaboration times. Real work was done — and it was done quickly and efficiently. 


With Box, Broadcom Limited now has one central repository for all its content that integrates across their IT ecosystem, including Oracle and Google. IT also has improved disaster avoidance capabilities, with instant backup and unlimited version history of any file.