Fashion label designs digital workspace to enable secure work from anywhere
As one of the world’s premium brands for casual wear, Marc O’Polo is always thinking ahead and on top of trends. While many companies viewed the shift to remote work as a pandemic-inspired fad, the Stockholm-based fashion label knew better and began designing a digital workspace that would allow its employees to work from anywhere using solutions from Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS).
"Our goal is to create conditions under which our 2,000 employees worldwide can develop their full creativity and work together optimally, wherever they happen to be,” said Matthias Holzner, Manager IT Application & Collaboration, Marc O’Polo.
Delivering the Future Work
To achieve this, Marc O’Polo has implemented a range of Citrix digital workspace solutions through which it can provide consistent, secure and reliable access to the systems, applications and data its team needs to get work done, wherever it needs to get done, including: Citrix DaaS™, Citrix Gateway™, Citrix Analytics for Security™ and Citrix Analytics for Performance™.
To ensure its collections get in the hands of retail partners in over 30 countries in a timely manner requires reliable access to a host of graphics and creative applications, along with Enterprise Resource Planning software, which controls all the company’s production and sales processes.
With Citrix, Marc O’Polo can deliver it. “We are perfectly prepared for any configuration of the hybrid working world and can optimally support our flexwork strategy,” Holzner said. “Our employees can log in and work creatively from anywhere, thanks to Citrix infrastructure.”
And, of critical importance, they can do so in a highly secure manner After being hit by a ransomware attack in 2019, Holzner and his team began a complete overhaul of the company’s IT infrastructure to improve the company’s security posture, and with support from Citrix Gold Solution Advisor Provectus Technologies, shifted management of its environment to Citrix Cloud™, leaving only servers with virtual applications operated on-premises.
“This ensures that all updates and security patches are installed automatically and that the environment is always up to date,” Holzner said.
It also provides for continuous monitoring and optimization of the security and performance of the Marc O’Polo digital workspaces via Citrix Analytics for Security, which Holzner says play a central role in the company’s overall security strategy.
“The Citrix Analytics for Security dashboard gives us a complete overview of potential risks and uses traffic light colors to see where intervention is needed, and many actions can then be automated via policies,” Holzner said. “If, for example, a user who was registered in Stephanskirchen during the day logs in from an address in Asia a few hours later, the account is immediately blocked and our team is notified.”
Enhancing User Experience
In addition, the company uses Citrix Analytics for Performance to ensure its users have a reliable experience that enables them to perform at their best. By aggregating and presenting all relevant performance data, the service provides valuable insights and concrete troubleshooting suggestions the Marc O’Polo team can use to quickly identify and resolve issues and mitigate their impact. And it’s seeing results.
"Analytics for Performance has optimized our user support, as we can use it to find out very quickly why application response times are not satisfactory for individual-users,” Holzner said. “In one specific case, for example, we found outdated software clients on the user’s end devices, which were significantly slowing down login times, and fixed them right away.”
The new Citrix environment has also radically simplified IT. "We used to spend an average of one hour a day checking each system,” Holzner said. “Today, we can simply rely on the environment to be available and up to date.”
Marc O’Polo is among hundreds of retail organizations around the world using Citrix solutions to enable secure remote work. To learn more about the company’s efforts and the success they are achieving, click here.
About Marc O’Polo
Marc O’Polo is one of the world’s leading premium brands for modern casual wear. Founded in Stockholm in 1967, the fashion company is renowned for its unique style and use of natural materials such as cotton, linen, and silk. The Marc O’Polo brand philosophy values individual personalities. “The freedom to be yourself” is the company’s guiding principle and underpins the corporate culture to this day.
Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) builds the secure, unified digital workspace technology that helps organizations unlock human potential and deliver a consistent workspace experience wherever work needs to get done. With Citrix, users get a seamless work experience and IT has a unified platform to secure, manage, and monitor diverse technologies in complex cloud environments.
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