IMMI is an Indiana-based manufacturer of safety products, such as seat belts, car seats, and other specialized vehicle safety devices. It has more than 1,600 employees in six countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
IMMI has invested heavily in computer-assisted manufacturing for its main plant locations. In addition, it relies on Oracle ERP and Microsoft Office 365 in hosted locations for day-to-day productivity.
The company continues to expand through acquisition and requires agile WAN to facilitate communications between its locations and to ensure optimal user experience with cloud-based applications.
IMMI had been using Cisco ASA firewalls to provide secure IP VPN connections to its 12 main locations (headquarters, main data centers, and manufacturing plants). WAN connectivity is provided by a mix of high-speed broadband Internet, private links, and 4G LTE (as back up). IMMI found the Cisco ASAs complex and time consuming to manage, especially in remote locations. Application performance across the company was negatively affected by high latency and occasional brownouts due to reliance on Internet connectivity from distant locations (e.g., China).