The Baloise Group is a European provider of insurance and pension solutions. In the Belgian market, the Baloise Group has been operating under the “Baloise Insurance” brand name since January 2013. The company acts as partner for professional brokers and provides a broad range of life and nonlife insurance products for individuals as well as companies.
Due to mergers and acquisitions, Baloise has gone through a turbulent time with many organizational changes. The move to a new building in Antwerp, Belgium, was the start of a new way of working, one where open plan workspaces are used instead of fixed cubicles and a flexible project-based approach is favored. Because Baloise wants to collaborate fully with its partner community of independent insurance brokers, it is offering them a workspace in the new building as well.
Baloise had previously outsourced its entire IT operations, but the new building provided an opportunity to tailor IT specifically to its needs by selecting best-in class partners in the areas of networking, telephony, and IT infrastructure. Working closely with implementation partner SecureLink, the challenge was on to create the most secure business environment for staff, partners, and clients.
The new network infrastructure had to be secure, especially as it would be used by both Baloise staff and partners. Scalability was also important. Baloise had already undergone rapid growth, and it wanted a network which could support its future expansion plans. The company was looking for a simple but effective and scalable network design.