About the Client
Voya Investment Management (Voya IM) is a Fortune 500 asset management organization with more than 6000 employees and managing approximately $213 billion of assets across services. Based out of United States, Voya IM has been serving institutions and individuals for more than 40 years and have the expertise of 250+ professionals. Voya IM and AdfarTech enjoy a trusted partnership between them as AdfarTech has the experience of supporting Voya IM’s on premise infrastructure.
Voya IM was moving out of their location at Windsor, CT and thus wished to reduce risks by having a business continuity solution in place. For the same, they needed to migrate their on-Prem computing resources, which included 700+ TB of databases, 250+ applications and services present at the location to Microsoft Azure cloud. To add on, validation of migration of 800+ enterprise systems with disaster recovery within a span of 15 months had to be completed.
AdfarTech followed a streamlined approach and an in-house converged cloud adaptation framework for migration. It started with having a clear picture of why the customer wanted to migrate, then after the assessment of the business situation, AdfarTech started with defining the methods and tools, which were required for migration. Following this, migration started.
Utilizing the same framework, Voya IM was facilitated with an assessment and migration plan.
- Presales activity continued for approximately 3 months where, multiple client workshops were organized to analyze the business case in detail
- Realization of the gaps and bottlenecks was done using fitness assessments
- Considerable amount of time was spent to simplify the process by removing the complications
- Business adaptation framework was the key to the migration process
- Design workshops were organized to decide on the application, data and infrastructure design
- Security and regulatory compliances that needed to be adhered were defined
- The tools and methodology to be used were established
- Once done with strategizing the process, Iterative methodology (agile) was used to move candidate workloads to Azure
- AdfarTech created interdependent application groups and then they were put into sprints based on numerous design principles and application requirements
AdfarTech made sure that the process is completed to a degree that all in-scope and servers were easily decommissioned with cost efficiency. Because of this migration, Voya IM successfully moved out of their location at Windsor, CT and was able to set up a business continuity solution for smooth functioning. They were able to move the capital expenditure to operational expenditure and created a better cost model. Voya IM had been trying to adopt agile for their organization from past many months and were failing at it. They benefited from AdfarTech working closely with their organizational process and were able to adopt agile in the same period.
AZURE CASE STUDY 2 – CHARITIES
The client is a consortium of three major charities based in the United Kingdom and is committed to helping, encouraging and inspiring the needy. They provide support, run funding programs and participate in research work to improve people’s lives.
All three charities had common infrastructure and users used to face the impact in case of any unwanted incident. The client was heavily dependent on IT in terms of fund-raising events, volunteering databases and providing quality service to its end-users / beneficiaries. With the legacy IT infrastructure, the client began to face critical issues such as:
- A sub-optimal shared services function
- Poor user experience
- Inability to leverage newer platforms and technologies
- Consumption based delivery of IT services
- Client waned to have Independent infrastructure setup for all the three charities and bring transformation for the Technology Debt.
With a view to helping the client with a robust IT infrastructure and optimizing their operations, AdfarTech has undertaken a seamless transformation of the client’s infrastructure and delivered more value in record time. Based on project requirements, the AdfarTech team assessed the existing ready-to-use infrastructure and proposed an appropriate client solution to deliver scalability and reliability & reduce Technology Debt through its cloud capabilities and expertise.
Not only did we help the client get rid of its aging and end-of-life infrastructure, but we also completely exited the Datacenter and moved the entire set up to the cloud. Post design approval from the client, the AdfarTech team deployed a solution to support 5,700 end-users spread across three different Charities in the UK, London.
The cloud environment was segregated for three charities post migration with no dependencies on each other with pay as you go model.
AdfarTech completed the migration in record time and delivered excellent results to client which resulted in timely exit from data centre and saving the cost of running on premises stack. Our value-add approach in providing the cost-effective and efficient solution was in-line with the industry best practices. The migration began with agile methodology and its sprint structures which were established during the discovery and assessment phase. After migration, the post controls were established again. The optimization for cost and efficiency was concluded with great savings.
Business continuity is enhanced by using highly available architecture, increasing system and application availability to 99.7%.
The System is scalable to meet future growth and system provisioning is quick (Less than 15 minutes) – with cloud infrastructure scale up /down being instant. New or temporary staff can be provided with a virtual desktop within minutes.
Shift in financial model from Capex to Opex, Flexi licenses and pay per use model resulted in better control over cost. Instead of being a high, fixed cost, the IT costs are now in-line with business activities and reduced by 18%.
Being a cloud model, the technology refresh / adoption to new technology is simpler and instant.