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Securely Looking to Improve Staff Flexibility
As an essential government service, the Dutch Police needed to become more digitized and automated. This would ensure that it remained relevant and modern when attracting and retaining talent while also allowing the organization to operate more efficiently. For example, some employees wanted to work more flexibly where appropriate, outside of traditional spaces or working hours.
To help the Police adapt to these changes, it was imperative that the safeguarding of personal data, along with the managing of devices and software, was impeccably organized. The organization had been using a static operating system without the secure sharing facilities required to allow employees the flexibility desired.
Migration to Chromebooks
At the beginning of 2015 the Dutch Police started looking for an alternative to the Windows laptops, focusing on security, flexibility and cost as the key features. After a thorough review, in partnership with Xebia and Google, the organization initiated a pilot to migrate employees from Windows to Google Chromebooks.
This migration provided the Police with advanced security options, an essential feature for its vital role in society. Chromebooks also gave the desired flexible access to the organization’s data, with simplified management using a cloud-based Google admin console meaning staff spend more time on work that matters.
Virtual Desktops Give Users Familiarity
The Dutch Police and Xebia integrated Citrix Receiver with the Chromebooks to allow users to gain access to systems via virtual desktops. Employees were now able to work on a simple, inexpensive and secure laptop from anywhere, in exactly the same way that they do at their workplace.
All stakeholders were enthusiastic about the ease of use of the Chromebooks and the reduction in management constraints, along with the improved security. The pilot was a success and was rolled out across the organization; there are now thousands of Dutch Police employees working with a Chromebook. The organization and Xebia are now looking at other ways they can utilize Google’s business applications together.