How Bluejeans Network reconnected a sportswear manufacturer
Here is the last article of a new e-WEEK feature film series titled Computer sciences, in which we examine what is really happening at the intersection of next-generation computing and legacy systems.
Unless it’s brand new and straight off various assembly lines, the servers, storage, and networking inside every computer system can be considered “legacy.” Indeed, the iteration of hardware and software products is constantly accelerating. It is not uncommon for an app maker, for example, to update and/or patch an app for security purposes several times a month or even a week. Some apps are updated daily! Hardware moves a little slower, but manufacturing cycles are also accelerating.
These articles describe next-generation industrial solutions. The idea is to look at concrete examples of how next-generation IT products and services are making a difference in production every day. Most of them are success stories, but there will also be others about projects that have exploded. We will have IT integrators, system consultants, analysts and other experts to help us as needed.
Topic of the day: Optimizing IT for a sportswear supplier
Name of problem to solve: Fanatics is a technology-driven consumer company that powers the Fanatics, FansEdge, Kitbag and Majestic brands, as well as a wide selection of sports memorabilia and collectibles through Fanatics Authentic.
Fanatics operates more than 300 online and physical partner stores, including e-commerce business for all major professional sports leagues, major media brands, and more than 200 college and professional team properties.
The company uses a vertical manufacturing system to design, manufacture and distribute garments. This approach allows for rapid delivery of championship goods; in fact, Fanatics recently teamed up with Uber to give fans party supplies immediately after a big win.
Fanatics is known for its innovation, but the company’s use of internal collaboration technologies did not reflect its innovation as a brand. Collaboration tools were siloed, scattered across departments, and poorly documented. Employees didn’t know what tools to use and when, and the business systems team struggled to measure usage.
Fanatics also recently acquired sportswear manufacturing company Majestic, which means a new group of employees have been brought into the Fanatics family. With headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida and San Mateo, California, and a growing employee base of more than 3,000 people worldwide, Fanatics management has ordered a digital transformation initiative to fuel its next phase. of growth.
Describe the strategy used to find the solution: Part of the digital transformation initiative was modernizing collaboration technologies, moving from on-premises servers to a cloud-based solution, and consolidating tools. Fanatics wanted their in-house technologies to increase productivity and better reflect the innovations they were bringing as a retail brand.
Since Fanatics employees regularly meet with athletes, retailers and licensing partners around the world, the ability to quickly connect from any device was a key decision criteria.
List the key components of the solution: By integrating with cloud-based work tools such as Office365 and Slack and a Cisco Systems data center, BlueJeans Network is quickly becoming an integral part of day-to-day business collaboration, both internally and externally, with partners and suppliers.
BlueJeans Network provides an interoperable, cloud-based video conferencing service that connects participants across a wide range of devices and conferencing platforms. Its headquarters are located in Mountain View, California.
Describe how the deployment went, how long it took and whether it went as planned: Since the official rollout of BlueJeans, adoption has been excellent with a 3x increase in meeting usage. The collaboration team now has the ability to accurately measure usage, centrally manage their BlueJeans deployment, and report on ROI, which they were unable to do with Cisco WebEx.
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