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"Forte has served us very well. It reacts quickly and with flexibility to our evolving needs and possible faults. Forte has always found a specialist to help us with different challenges."

STX Europe is an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise and offshore vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. The group comprises 15 shipyards in Finland, France, Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam and is also a part owner of three yards in Germany and Ukraine. STX Europe has approx. 16 000 employees. Formerly known as Aker Yards ASA, the group changed its name to STX Europe in November 2008.


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STX Europe - Managed Remote Access

STX Europe is an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise and offshore vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. The group comprises 15 shipyards in Finland, France, Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam and is also a part owner of three yards in Germany and Ukraine. STX Europe has approx. 16 000 employees. Formerly known as Aker Yards ASA, the group changed its name to STX Europe in November 2008.

" Modern shipyards operate in a networked environment and work with a large number of external cooperation partners from planning and design onwards. In STX Europe, the majority of the partners are connected to the group's data network with Forte's managed access services. We have almost four years of cooperation experience with Forte. During this period, the number of same time users has increased constantly. This has caused us a growing load of user ID management work. Since November 2008, we have expanded our cooperation with Forte. Today, Forte offers us remote access as a managed service. This service now scales to the future needs of a flexible number of accesses and allows us to concentrate on better serving STX Europe's business needs."


The world’s biggest cruise ships are built in Finland

STX Europe is divided into three business areas: Cruise & Ferries, Offshore & Specialized Vessels and Other Operations. STX Europe’s shipyards in Finland are situated in Turku, Helsinki and Rauma.

The number of personnel in Finnish yards amounts to approx. 3,800 employees. In addition, the company’s ‘assembly yard’ concept employs an equivalent number of Finnish and foreign cooperation partners. Thus, the vessels’ restaurants, shops, electricity systems and interior decorations, for example, are manufactured by specialized partners.

Co-operation partners networked with Fortes security services

STX Europe has different kinds of partners: key partners, network partners and IT partners. Key partners have built fixed lines to the group’s network and take care of the security internally. The majority are so called network partners. STX Europe offers them access to the group’s data network. Partners feed information directly to the group’s IT systems which speeds up operations - making the system more effective as well as reducing mistakes - as the information is fed only once. Network partners do not typically have their own IT infrastructure or have only occasional need for data connections. For these reasons, the group chose SSL/VPN technology and strong authentication. After the technological solutions were determined, Forte was chosen as a service supplier.  “Forte has served us very well. It reacts quickly and with flexibility to our evolving needs and possible faults. Forte has always found a specialist to help us with different challenges. We like to work over the long term with our partners, but we also expect competitiveness. Forte’s services and their professional work ethic have proved to be so consistently dependable, that we have had no doubts about their capabilities to fulfil all of our demanding requirements.”

Tailored connections to IT partners

Forte’s services were also expanded to IT partners with the need for strong user identification. IT partners have specific company needs and one single service does not serve everyone. “ We discuss with Forte the different options to find the best technology solutions to serve each partner. As IT partners’ needs are very heterogeneous this is a challenging task, but we can always rely on Forte’s know-how and expertise in these matters.”

 
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