Arthur D. Little selects Colt Technology for offices in Asia

10 November 2020 Consultancy.asia

Following a vendor selection process, global management consulting firm Arthur D. Little has selected Colt Technology Services as its communications technology provider in Asia. 

In Asia, Arthur D. Little – the world’s oldest management consultancy – has ten offices. To date, the firm worked with multiple network service providers (companies that own / operate access to internet backbone infrastructure and services) to facilitate its internal network operations in the region. 

The firm’s consultant use such infrastructure services in essence for everything they do, from using the web and databases for presentations or videoconferencing with client stakeholders, to knowledge sharing internally, the email system, security, network compliance, disaster recovery and payments to people and suppliers. 

Arthur D. Little and Colt in Asia

“Using multiple providers proved inefficient,” said Haruya Kono, IT Manager of Arthur D. Little in Japan. Having first-hand seen the value of a single provider in Europe, where most of Arthur D. Little’s offices are connected through Colt’s network, the Asian division decided to adopt a similar approach. 

An internal migration programme was launched, and after considering a number of vendors, Colt ultimately was picked as the ideal vendor for Arthur D. Little’s requirements.

Alongside the existing relationship, one of the main reasons why Arthur D. Little chose Colt is because of its strong global footprint for network coverage and expertise in voice services. UK-headquartered Colt Technology Services currently has 22 offices in Europe, the US, India and Asia, with the company's network reaching 51 metro areas globally. 

Commenting on the partnership, Masato Hoshino, Head of Asia at Colt, said: “We are delighted to be helping Arthur D. Little optimise and simplify its voice infrastructure and better manage the cost base.” 

The Singapore and Tokyo offices of Arthur D. Little have recently been migrated to Colt’s network, and the consulting firm is reaping the benefits, said Kono. “We are delighted to be using Colt’s SIP Trunking in Singapore and business internet service in both Singapore and Japan. The performance is stable and the voice quality is great.”

The global consultancy is currently sitting on plans to expand the collaboration to other Asian offices.