“Forte’s service is also a virtual one.
Our usage capacity scales according to our needs, making it cost efficient for us.”
Metsäliitto is an international forest industry group present in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto combines responsible forest economy and innovative technology to produce highquality products and solutions from renewable Nordic wood in a sustainable way. The Group's five business areas are Wood Supply, Wood Products, Pulp, Board and Paper, and Tissue and Cooking Papers. Metsäliitto Group's sales total EUR 5 billion and it employs 14,000 persons. Metsäliitto Cooperative is a cooperative organisation for Finnish forest owners and has some 130,000 members.
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Metsäliitto - Remote Access and WLAN
"We usually purchase these kinds of services from specialized partners, and we do not need to invest in the technology ourselves. Management and security also remain in the hands of the experts."
THE CHALLENGE: TO OFFER END USERS A SIMPLE ACCESS TO COMPANY NETWORK
Metsäliitto Group operates in 30 countries with a workforce of approximately 14,000 people. Remote working and staff mobility have increased significantly at Metsäliitto Group. Metsäliitto Group also has a large number of partners who take care of the maintenance of the production plants, amongst other things.
The aim of Metsäliitto Group was to simplify the user authentication and remote access of its workforce and partners Metsäliitto Group wanted the remote access solution to be centrally managed to ensure a high level of information security, and offer a simple, yet flexible way of managing staff and partner access rights.
THE SOLUTION: REMOTE ACCESS AND WLAN
After putting it out to tender, Metsäliitto Group chose Forte Netservice as their remote access solution and WLAN provider. Forte provides solutions as a highly productised centrally managed service, overseeing the management of solutions and 24/7 customer support and reporting.
"We wanted a partner whose core competence is delivering secure remote access and WLAN as a service. Forte is a flexible partner and their services are high quality". Forte's remote access service is compatible with different cost-effective methods of strong user authentication. Both software-based and SMS-based authentication methods can be used. Integration with Active Directory makes identity management and certificate distribution easier.
Remote access is also made easier by WLAN service, which enables a fast and secure way to access corporate network remotely from home or other remote locations. Wireless access point creates automatically a secured tunnel and connects remote users to Metsäliitto Group's corporate network in secure way in a few minutes. This type of access solution adapts to different organizational changes in a flexible and costeffective way.
"International companies such as Metsäliitto Group are in a state of constant flux. Staff changes roles and offices constantly so flexibility is needed. Centralised management speeds up and simplifies our remote access solution. Of paramount importance to us when choosing a supplier was that their service supports comprehensively these goals"
THE BENEFITS: CENTRALLY MANAGED, FLEXIBLE REMOTE ACCESS
"We usually purchase these kinds of services from specialized partners, and we do not need to invest in the technology ourselves. Management and security also remain in the hands of the experts"
"Forte's service is also a virtual one. Our usage capacity scales according to our needs, making it cost efficient for us"
However, the most significant advantage is that Metsäliitto Group's remote access users and hundreds of staff at partner organisations now have a simple, easy way of using Metsäliitto Group's network - where possible, this can also be done wirelessly. Work is more efficient and flexible as a result.
"A clear criterion for us is also the fact that the cost per user is as low as possible. In addition, usage efficiency and simplicity - or how long it takes to log in and how easy it is - was important".