Specsavers has selected Ancoris, a specialist provider of cloud computing and enterprise security solutions, to deploy Google Apps to 2,500 of its staff worldwide.

The move is part of Specsavers IT strategy to improve communication and collaboration throughout the organisation and support its continued global expansion. The company has grown considerably in recent years, launching in APAC in 2008 and following this up with a further 200 stores in the last two years.

Ancoris initially implemented Google Apps for 80 users in a newly opened manufacturing plant in Hungary, specialising in lenses, before extending the implementation to the company’s global workforce.

The company is able to deploy email and collaboration tools to new sites without the need for a large on site presence. This can be centrally manage email systems, utilise existing infrastructures, such as Active Directory for access and user accounts, link to its corporate intranet and support mobile working by enabling staff to access mail, calendaring and sites from any internet enabled device.

Specsavers is currently rolling out Google Apps to its head office staff in Australia and New Zealand, while deployment to the remaining head office, lab and manufacturing operations in the Nordics, Netherlands and the UK is expected to be completed in H1 2011.

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