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Azure connection for siloed systems

Global manufacturer links systems together

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Philip Walpole

Head of Enterprise Architecture

Executive Brief

Bridging company data and systems with a Microsoft Azure connection solution

Vacuum Technique Group, a subsidiary of global industrial conglomerate Atlas Copco, is a manufacturer of industrial-sized vacuum pumps. They needed to connect siloed areas of their business together using bespoke APIs and Microsoft Azure Logic apps. We saved them over £400,000 in software vendor costs with our Azure solution.

The Challenge

Inherited systems and legacy software

As a result of several acquisitions of smaller vacuums pump businesses, they had a portfolio of disparate, inherited systems housing legacy systems. Due to this, they were unable to easily access data or connect data together across the business.

 They required a digital transformation and systems integration expert to implement a solution that would link the siloed data and systems. This would ensure that data would flow as intended across their business areas and departments.

They were also facing a £400,000 3-year contract with their previous software vendor and wanted to save money where possible.

The Solution

Bringing systems together

At the time of the project start, they had internal projects that required connecting apps together, and to read/write data between their SAP systems. There was also a requirement to automate an outdated internal helpdesk process.

We assigned a technical architect, senior .NET engineers and an engagement manager to oversee the work that was required. We sought to provide a transparent solution, and calculate the time/cost for Atlas Copco.

The Results

Saving time, money, and resources

For this Microsoft Azure project, our client was able to save £400,000 over 3 years by investing in our work to utilize Microsoft Azure services instead of renewing their software vendor contract. Running costs are negligible meaning they save more than £100,000 a year with the integration of their pumps service management application.

In terms of measurable outcomes, they saw around 250 successful runs of the bespoke API-based solution for password reset helpdesk tickets in May 2022. Previously, each of these would’ve been a helpdesk call, requiring a Support Analyst to go through a convoluted process of manually resetting passwords for users. This is no longer the case with many hours of resource time being saved per month thanks to our modern Microsoft Azure connection solution.