The coworking giant’s global reach allows it to provide the very best technological services with an emphasis on security
As a flexible office space-provider with a firm belief in cloud computing and the power of technology to transform work that’s focused on people’s personal schedules, it stands to reason that International Workplace Group (IWG) should put cloud transformation at the top of the agenda.
To manage the migration, IWG has inked a global partnership with Johannesburg-based IT company Dimension Data. It will see the coworking giant make the transition to Microsoft Azure, a cloud-computing platform “with more than 100 services to build, deploy and manage applications – in the cloud, on-premises and at the edge – using the tools and frameworks of your choice”.
According to IWG’s Chief Information Officer Andre Sharpe, being a global office-space network with a truly worldwide reach allows it to offer customers and partners a cutting-edge platform that’s as adaptable as the flexspace it provides. “One of our main competitive advantages is the world-class technology platform we offer our clients around the world,” he says. “With our growing number of large corporate customers and new franchise partners, this was the right time to invest in improving our services even further.”
Just like flexspace, the adaptable nature of the cloud platform means it’s suitable for businesses of all sizes, from major multinationals to plucky young start-ups. Grant Morgan, Dimension Data’s General Manager for Cloud, also sees the size of IWG’s operation as a plus point. “The nature of the IWG business gives us the opportunity to showcase our level of expertise in implementing Azure for clients,” he states, adding: “IWG and their partners are transforming the world of work and creating personal, financial and strategic value for businesses of every size.”
For many customers, security is key. From the everyday privacy needed to shield sensitive company information from prying eyes to the unlikely event of a cyber threat that requires a watertight disaster recovery plan, investing in the latest technology ensures that all bases are covered. It’s part of IWG’s ongoing commitment to show that it’s a flexspace provider with a set of full-service solutions for businesses of every size: whereas others may provide physical space and let the customer get on with it, the IWG approach is a holistic one that caters to everything a business needs to hit the ground running – whatever the territory.
As Sharpe concludes, what clients increasingly look for is the ability to adapt products and services to precisely suit their requirements – whether that’s physical space or cloud space. “Our customers want a choice of workspaces and communities to match their needs and require enterprise-grade service, security, and reliability. We want to remain the first choice for flexible workspace provisioning in the sector,” he says.
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