Printer and publisher ‘die Keure’ uses Awingu to give their employees and external parties secure access to internal business applications whilst paving their way towards GDPR compliance. They chose our unified workspace for its cost-efficiency and simplicity compared to more expensive and complicated solutions such as Citrix. Next to this; die Keure chose Awingu because of its simplicity to implement multi-factor authentication.
Die Keure belongs to the top of the printing world and is a leading player in the Belgian publishing landscape. Their strength lies in their craftsmanship and experience, together with the constant striving for superior quality. They are working with educational institutions that are using both print- and digital learning methods, such as smartboards. Furthermore, die Keure is also working with different professionals such as lawyers, notaries, accountants, and tax specialists.
Over the course of the last few years, the IT environment within the publishing house has changed drastically due to continuous digitalization and the road towards compliance with several regulations, such as GDPR. ‘The company faces many challenges in working together with their clients and partners in a secure way,’ says Frederic Van Quickenborne (IT Manager, die Keure), ‘which was one of the reasons to look into secure and easy to use collaboration tools.’
“Awingu made sure that we did not have to perform a complex installation on client computers, only an HTML 5 browser is needed to get started.”
Koen Praet (CEO, Keep-IT)
Die Keure is working together with publishers, suppliers, authors, editors and many other external parties. The people at those companies need to have access to several of die Keure’s files and applications in a secure and simple way. When looking for methods to tackle this challenge, they were convinced of Awingu’s wide range as of the very first introduction by their IT partner Keep-IT. According to Keep-IT, Awingu is a very simple and fast solution to give internal people access to business applications when they work from home on the one hand. On the other hand, there are external parties who can now use internal applications in a secure way without being a direct data transfer between their device and the servers of die Keure.
Initially, the main drivers of implementing Awingu at die Keure were twofold: firstly, they were looking for a replacement for their complicated Citrix setup. Secondly, the out-of-the-box MFA capabilities helped them to continue their efforts in securing their environment. However, the current usage of Awingu has grown beyond the initial scope: the employees of die Keure are also using the unified workspace to connect to a server at lightning speed without changing the network, for tasks ranging from a quick consultancy of their documents to working with their applications for an extended amount of time. There are quite some employees that need to work with applications that only run on the Windows OS. Since the company introduced Awingu, they can work with these tools and applications from any device, including MacBooks and Chromebooks.
“One of our employees that worked with Citrix in the past is now very happy that we’ve installed Awingu, as he can now work at home without having to install anything!”
Frederic Van Quickenborne (IT Manager, die Keure)
In the future, the unified workspace can also be used for other use-cases within die Keure. The IT department is currently investigating ways to enhance secure file sharing with Awingu, which has a built-in function to easily and highly securely share files with both internal and external recipients. Furthermore, using Awingu has opened the option of replacing terminals by Chromebooks from which users can log in to the server, which would be a highly cost-efficient investment.
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