At the time, TenneT had about 400 meeting rooms spread across multiple locations in Germany and the Netherlands. Roughly 75% were equipped with Cisco video conferencing devices—however, these systems were out of date. So, TenneT decided it was in urgent need of an upgrade to be assured with good communications.
“Since we already had video conferencing through Cisco, it was the most logical way forward,” he said. “We decided to renew all our rooms with the latest Webex equipment.”
Given the rise of hybrid work, TenneT made every effort to accommodate an anytime, anywhere collaboration experience. As Bas explained, this way of working has to be just as available as water out of the tap.
Once he and his team envisioned their ideal meeting rooms, they needed a partner who could help make them a reality. So, TenneT issued a tender and began taking offers from various companies.
Axians—one of the world’s premiere information and communications technology (ICT) service providers—rose to the challenge. According to TenneT, Axians’ offer met all of its requirements regarding service standards, 24/7 monitoring, and competitive pricing. However, what it looked for most of all was a partner the team could trust.
“You can write anything on paper, but the real experience of getting to know and working with each other is more important,” Bas said. “The partnership is actually the most valuable. You have to collaborate with each other and build a relationship.”
Combining their powers, the two sides got to work. Of course, TenneT was already working with Cisco, making this a three-team collaborative effort. And, because of that existing relationship, Bas knew the best path forward was to cloud-enable the existing environment first.