Most companies can afford to migrate to the cloud slowly, moving one or, at most, a few apps at a time. Then there’s Bonava. As a result of its parent company deciding to spin Bonava off as an independent business, the European housing developer had a nine-month deadline to move virtually its entire infrastructure and application landscape – including solving all the mobility and security challenges of its new environment.
Given the limitations of time and money, coupled with the imposition a largely on-premises solution would impose on the new organization for years to come – the company didn’t have time to replicate its previous IT environment.
Bonava got a running start on its cloud transformation because it knew the technology and technology partner it wanted: Microsoft technology and Microsoft solution provider Avanade. The solution was a modern secure enterprise with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), Office 365 and Windows 10 Enterprise. This provided the mobile-first and cloud-first infrastructure the company wanted that would enable secure anywhere, anytime network access without expensive and cumbersome VPNs. It also fulfilled another business requirement around colleague and vendor collaboration. The three products licensed together as Secure Productive Enterprise, work together to provide the most trusted, secure, and productive way for Bonava to work across its highly diverse – and dispersed – enterprise.
“From our experience with Microsoft, we knew it had the best mobility, security, and cloud solution for us with the most complete set of services. And we knew that Avanade was the best partner to work with given its deep insight and skill set with Microsoft technology. We couldn’t have made our successful journey to the cloud without their leading-edge services.”
Bonava succeeded in its mission to quickly reestablish its IT environment in the cloud. Ström attributes much of that success to a management solution that could cover all of Bonava’s temporary job sites, the expanding number of regional offices, the headquarters office in Stockholm, Sweden, and hundreds of mobile devices—including iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets.
While some companies perform a lift-and-shift migration that keeps them from realizing the full benefit of the cloud, Bonava has fully transformed its IT in the cloud, thanks to the right technology – and the right technology services provider. Bonava employees now have new ways to help them be increasingly effective in the digital workplace. Where they once faced challenges of transmitting massive files, compiling changes and doing cross-correlation checks that took day – now it’s all done in real time. Strom explains, “Add up all that savings over the life of a given project and it might shorten the design-and-construction process by months.”