The solution: Innofactor Virtual Data Center
The solution that Alecta has phased in with Innofactor's help is called Innofactor Virtual Data Center: programming code operating within in Azure using pre-configured commands that follow Microsoft's cloud best practices.
"We buy a stable framework that has a state-of-the-art set-up and pay for a license, so we share the costs with other companies," says Larsson.
Since the VDC has been developed using ready-made code, clients can easily take over the reigns if they want, or learn how to run the data center with the aid of commands.
"Innofactor helps us run the infrastructural aspects, so that we can focus on the business side of things, where we have a super motivated team developing applications and managing data."
"We get all the benefits of Microsoft such as Power BI, but without having to become Azure architecture experts. That saves a massive amount of time and money."
Speed is a major benefit
One benefit that Alecta has been seeing, after introducing the Innofactor Virtual Data Center, is saving time and money, as mentioned. Another benefit is that they are avoiding having to solve the almost impossible task of finding people with expertise in Azure systems architecture.
A further advantage is how fast they can now perform large data operations by switching capacity on and off as needed.
"Previously, we weren't able to do certain calculations at all, and others took forever to complete. Now, we can perform a calculation that used to take several days in just a few minutes," says Fredric Adell, IT architect at Alecta.
A way of attracting staff
Introducing the Innofactor Virtual Data Center is also a way of letting Alecta attract staff.
"We can offer them a stable job with real purpose, a good working environment, and highly competent fellow staff. They also get to work in an Azure best-practice environment, and use innovative solutions and new technologies," says Larsson.
"We are going to be investing heavily in developments in Azure and Microsoft services. There are opportunities here for people who want to get involved and develop new ways of working," he continues.