International competition in the photovoltaic industry is very intense. It means that a company must be very efficient and flexible in order to be successful. To meet these requirements, SMA has introduced the digital workplace based on Microsoft 365 while also improving security measures. Once Cloud Readiness was guaranteed, the company subsequently optimized the security functions and applied them to the entire new system environment.
After all, SMA is vulnerable to increasingly varied threats, such as increased phishing and malware attacks. Moreover, there have also been attempts to compromise identities. While the current heterogeneous protective measures were able to avert major damages, they were not guaranteed to so in the future. There was also the upcoming requirement to extend a license for the existing solution for Endpoint Protection.
SMA wanted to benefit from the improved protection with a Zero-Trust concept, and also from lower costs through consolidation. At the same time, this would also ensure that increased requirements such as rapid reporting about current incidents as well as support for BYOD scenarios (Bring Your Own Device) could be met.