The Best, not the Least Expensive
Chang and his IT colleagues were well positioned to start the process. The notion that development is the driving force, including IT, permeates to the core of the organization all through upper management. “Our Board of Directors are supportive and trust its IT department. It is clear that the technical side is our gig, but they are interested in having a solution which will support the business,” Chang says when speaking about how the Azure project is anchored into the organization. In Denmark, there are 180 of us and we anticipate adding 50 in India and 50 in Mexico. However, despite the fact that crew and factories cost a lot of money, we have not focused on saving money! We have assessed the solution based on size and capacity, and Azure was the right match. It was the right way to handle it. It could not exceed our budget, but those were our only restrictions. That is very untraditional. I had an absolute GO from my organization,” Chang states emphatically.
A Challenging Pivotal Point – A Physical Test
No IT project without challenges. Yet, challenges are meant to be overcome, even the most complex of them all. In a global collaboration, many factors have to align. Chang and Fiberline Composites were met with a certain level of skepticism from the company’s advisors in knowing that critical information would move from local, well-known servers to a cloud solution with local access on a global scale. “Our tax system was the pivotal point. As such, we ran a POC with edgemo (now Danoffice IT) and our tax advisors,” he explains and elaborates: "We took our server in Fredericia and moved it to Azure in India while our PLC’s still remained. It worked, so the solution was actually subject to a physical test before we got started. If it had not worked, I would have been forced to have a server on-site in India and the whole idea of Azure would have fallen apart.”
Complex made Simple
Moving a complete infrastructure from A to B is not something you “just do”. Then, when you want to move it from physical, local servers to a cloud solution, there are plenty of pitfalls along the way. Unless of course, you do things right. Rather than emphasizing the technical aspects of the solution, Chang talks about the process since that is the true prerequisite for breaking ground and going to the cloud. “The process has been splendid! I quickly had a good impression of the consultant's skills and they were a perfect fit for the task. And the chemistry was good too,” Chang says about the collaboration. “I do not need to comment on his professional skills; he and edgemo (now Danoffice IT) are extremely good at what they do! He even took on the conversation with our hosting suppliers and negotiated agreements for us.
As if the Azure project was not enough, we actually had more balls in the cloud at the same time in the beginning of the project: In October of 2021, meaning right before this project, they created our InTune solution which in itself was complex enough, and even though things were running alongside one another, the process was simple and manageable. A true pleasure,” Chang Kragelund Thomsen, Head of IT, Fiberline Composites, concludes.