Werfen makes the leap to Office 365 with ASM Web Services

Werfen had adopted cloud computing technology a few years ago, but wanted to go further. The world’s leading in vitro diagnostics company made a strategic decision to take full advantage of the capabilities of the cloud and provide its workers, partners and customers with new collaboration and productivity capabilities. That is why he decided to transition from IBM SmartCloud to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud. The ASM Web Services team, led by Aleix Solà, manager of the cloud computing and systems area, developed the project in direct and ongoing relationship with Werfen.

From the multinational they stated that one of their main concerns was to try to ensure that this migration process had a minimal impact on its users. To achieve this, a coexistence strategy was carried out using Binary Tree’s CMT software.

Binary Tree to develop the coexistence strategy

Do we mean when we talk about a coexistence strategy? It consisted of Werfen’s SmartCloud services coexisting for a certain period of time with the new Office 365 while users were gradually migrating. In this period of coexistence, it was very important to have a specific configuration that allowed no information to be lost and that users did not appreciate that the process was underway. To create this specific configuration, it is essential to have a tool with the capacity to develop it. One of the most important on the market is that of Binary Tree . ASMWS is a certified company for its implementation, which has been used in many of the largest migrations in the world (Exxon Mobil, Novartis, Bank of New York).

ASMWS was able to customize the Binary Tree CMT Notes Migrator to provide a transition that met Werfen’s specific environment and requirements.

The results

To date, approximately 80% of Werfen users have successfully migrated from IBM SmartCloud to Office 365. The remaining users are planned to be moved securely before SmartCloud reaches the end of its useful life in July 2020. In In parallel, Werfen’s internal training department is helping migrated users in this transition to learn how to get the most out of the Microsoft cloud in the shortest time possible.

We implement One Time Password in Cofely to ensure secure remote access to your data

This month we have implemented for Cofely Spain, an expert company in energy and environmental efficiency services belonging to the multinational group GDF SUEZ, a remote access to its corporate network that focuses on security. It is the One Time Password (OTP) solution that allows access to the corporate network using a virtual private network –Virtual Private Network (VPN) -. Every day more companies need to provide their teams with access to data remotely. Ensuring the security of this type of operation is essential. At ASM Web Services we are convinced that One Time Password is a very good solution, since it ensures a different password each time a user wants to access the company network. The mobile phone is used to generate the new password (token), which prevents the user from having a device to generate them. What technology have we used For the Cofely project we have used Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP) consisting of:

  1. VIP Access: an application that is downloaded to the SmartPhone and that provides a part of the OTP password.

  2. VIP Authentication Service: service in the Cloud that secures a single token per user (mobile device).

  3. VIP Enterprise Gateway: RADIUS server that we install in our infrastructure to integrate OTP with our corporate firewall.

Diagram: Implementation is quick, easy and not disruptive to the production environment. User-friendliness It is common for users to be reluctant to change, and this is something Symantec has taken into account when implementing OTP using VIP. The user continues to use his username and password, but also must enter a numeric code after his password; that code number is the OTP. So that:

  • Nombre de usuario: [El habitual, no cambia en nada] p.ej.: jsmith
  • Password: [Your password followed by the OTP code] p.ej.: mypassword + 342218

The result is very satisfactory: it is highly competitive, and it is easy to use and implement.