Data Center & Cloud Strategy

CHALLENGES... overview

A large private equity company that owns multiple key retail brands was working on implementing an ERP solution for the parent company and the retail brands using Microsoft Dynamics AX. Simplify was engaged to work with the IT Leadership team to successfully develop and implement a data center and managed services solution that met the client's business, financial and operational drivers.

Key Requirements

  • Move from CapEx to OpEx
  • Time to Market
  • Operational Efficiencies
  • Establish best-practices for the life-cycle

BEST PRACTICES... strategy

  • As a trusted advisor, Simplify worked with IT Leadership team to learn their current state and the detailed requirements
  • Developed concept design for underlying IT infrastructure with the different stages of SDLC in mind—i.e., Development, Test, QA, Pre-Production and Production stages
  • Looked at our Service Provider ecosystem and finalized 3 providers who would work on delivering the detailed solution and the financial model—Collaborated with the client to pick the final solution and the service provider
  • Negotiated contracts on client’s behalf, and the contract was signed in a record timeframe
  • Dedicated Project Manager to run implementation calls, and a daily status check with the client

SOLUTION... subject matter expertise

  • Fully Managed Solution: secure, scalable, reliable and highly available infrastructure that was PCI compliant and implemented in SSAE-16 compliant Data Center
  • Hybrid Solution comprised of:
    • Public Cloud – Development, Test and QA
    • Private Cloud – Production Web and Application Servers
    • Dedicated Managed Hosting – SQL Server Database Servers and MS Dynamics AX
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Wide Area Network Integration
  • The entire solution was designed to keep OpEx in mind—i.e., Service Provider offered the infrastructure, licenses, monitoring, management and the on-going support for a monthly charge—No CapEx was required
  • The implementation team exceeded the customer’s expectations by delivering the entire infrastructure before the deadline