Case study - PKO BP

PKO BP and the Modern Workplace

Deployment date: 2022

Sector: banking

OChK Platform

Savings on equipment purchases and power consumption, increased security and a flexible working environment – these are the benefits of moving PKO Bank Polski's data and applications to the cloud!

PKO Bank Polski has been a leader in the Polish banking market for many years. The bank, with more than a century of history, has been pursuing a digitalisation strategy for more than a dozen years. More than 11 million customers use banking services both through fully digital communication channels (mobile application, online service) and in almost 1,000 branches across the country, where PKO Bank Polski employees use software applications to efficiently process orders.


Managing a fleet of nearly 12,000 devices was an organizational and financial challenge for the bank. Archiving a large volume of e-mail was also becoming increasingly complicated. Meanwhile, for a regulated entity, it was essential to ensure a high level of data security.

An opportunity to simplify the process of managing hardware and software applications arose from the need for an equipment modernisation. While replacing computers and terminals, PKO Bank Polski decided to completely change its operating model in this area and to strengthen the level of data protection.


OChK worked with the bank's IT team to implement the Modern Workstation Service, which involves moving user data and applications to a cloud environment.

  • Bank employees have access to virtualized applications without the need to install them on an end-user device (desktop, laptop, mobile device or terminal)

  • The new HP terminals are energy-efficient devices running the Linux operating system that provide secure access to data hosted in the cloud

  • By migrating historical e-mail to a virtualized cloud environment, employees have continuous and easy access to all archived messages. Now, their e-mail inboxes have no capacity limit and they do not need the help of IT to access the e-mail archive


As part of the implementation of the Modern Workstation Service:

  • 12,000 terminals were replaced with modern, energy-efficient devices at half the cost of high-performance laptops and desktops

  • The level of data security in the organization has increased – no data is stored on the terminals. Loss or destruction of a device does not affect availability or security

  • Managing a fleet of devices is much easier – updates or changes to applications are made by administrators directly on the servers and reach all devices in real time

  • The bank's employees benefit from a very flexible working environment – access to data is independent of the device from which they log on or the location in which they work

  • PKO Bank Polski has secured significant savings by reducing fleet replacement costs, extending the depreciation period of devices, and decreasing power consumption by reducing the workload on terminals

  • Thanks to a stable, centrally managed runtime environment, applications run very smoothly – thanks to the implementation, employees now experience uninterrupted access to the work environment.


the number of terminals replaced under the project

32 TB

the amount of data migrated from devices to the cloud

130 TB

the size of the e-mail archive migrated


nearly the number of physical locations (bank branches) covered by the project

Technologies used


Enterprise Vault

DTM (development OChK) Horizon

Virtualisation and resource management tools

Dell Isilon/ECS



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The implementation of the Modern Workstation at PKO Bank Polski was an extremely ambitious and complex project. It involved not only technology, but also had a significant impact on the existing work environment of those who serve the bank's clients in the branches. We wanted to accommodate existing processes and applications while at the same time enabling interoperability with new applications and devices. Reconciling so many changes required working in an agile model involving the business and the direct recipients of the service. Through prototyping, we arrived at the final form with a fixed cost level. A very important goal was to implement the solution in such a way that customers would not notice it – we couldn't afford to have any branches stop working or reduce the quality of service. We had the opportunity to verify the effectiveness of the service during the pandemic, and now we are using it successfully in a hybrid model.


Mariusz Komorowski

Director of the Resource and Configuration Management Office at PKO Bank Polski

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