Aug 14, 2020

Verizon to build Bayer's global network infrastructure

Bayer
Verizon
Cloud
Digital Transformation
William Smith
2 min
Technology Magazine: Bayer and Verizon partner on network infrastructure
Verizon Business, an arm of telecommunications firm Verizon Wireless, has announced it is to partner with pharmaceuticals giant Bayer on infrastructure...

Verizon Business, an arm of telecommunications firm Verizon Wireless, has announced it is to partner with pharmaceuticals giant Bayer on infrastructure.

Bayer has previously had an in-house team overseeing its global IT portfolio. In line with its new cloud-first strategy - in common with the wider phenomenon of cloud transformation globally - Bayer is now outsourcing that responsibility to Verizon, a move which it framed as allowing it to focus its resources on core business activities such as pharmaceuticals and crop science.

The network platform is hoped to improve Bayer’s capacity for collaboration and connectivity as part of an ongoing digital transformation, with Bayer providing network services to 700 Bayer sites worldwide.

Managed technologies include “next-generation network technologies”, alongside a global Private IP network and a software-defined Wide Area Network, as well as professional services support.

In a press release, Bijoy Sagar, Chief Information Technology and Digital Transformation Officer, Bayer, said: “Our network is foundational to our future business success, and Verizon has the global technology and innovation capabilities and expertise to support us as we continue to digitally transform our company. Most importantly, with our network management safe in Verizon’s hands, we are able to focus our internal IT competencies on generating value for our core Life Science businesses.”

The companies said the contract was for an initial five-years, with a two-year extension option.

Tami Erwin, CEO, Verizon Business, said: “Verizon is well-positioned to deliver innovative and seamless network solutions for our customers at a global scale. We are looking forward to this next chapter with Bayer, as we ramp up our ability to build a future-ready infrastructure to support their ongoing growth.”

Bayer has recently flexed its muscles in the agricultural technology space, with its investment arm partnering with Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek to found a vertical farming company.

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Jul 7, 2021

ServiceNow pumps millions into EU service compliance

ServiceNow
Compliance
EU
Schrems II
2 min
ServiceNow
ServiceNow has announced a multimillion euro investment in EU services, providing customers even greater trust, choice, and control over their data

ServiceNow, the digital workflow company, has announced a multimillion euro investment to help EU customers meet compliance requirements.

The legal, technical and organisational safeguards will help companies to comply with the the Schrems II judgment and European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Recommendations issued in June 2021.

ServiceNow’s investment means all EU-hosted data will be exclusively handled within the EU, and the cloud-hosted digital workflow provider claims its solution will come “without impact on current delivery and service”.

ServiceNow upgrade: free of charge

There will be no cost for current customers to opt in to the data compliance solution, even though ServiceNow is investing an unspecified multimillion euro sum and hiring more than 80 new staff across the bloc.

Mark Cockerill, vice president legal, EMEA and global head of privacy at ServiceNow, said: “With any regulation change, cloud services companies have a choice. They can adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach or get proactive and help customers and partners innovate. At ServiceNow we are on the front foot, continually investing in our customers, allowing them to operate with the highest level of choice and control over their EU data.

ServiceNow upgrade: ‘peace of mind’

“Our new EU-centric service delivery model will give our current customers and partners peace of mind. For customers and partners operating in highly regulated industries, or in the public sector, or those that have yet to make the switch to the cloud, this model gives them certainty and simplicity when selecting the cloud service that best suits their needs.”

Carla Arend, lead analyst, cloud in europe for IDC, said, “The Schrems II ruling has led European organizations to revisit their cloud-related data protection policies and processes when it comes to international data transfers through cloud services.

“Contractual, privacy, and security safeguards and the assurance that data will be kept and handled in the EU help European organizations to comply with European data protection laws while taking advantage of global cloud platforms. Vendors, such as ServiceNow, that invest to support their customers in response to this ruling are providing essential choice to their customers.”

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