Filling the knowledge gaps
In cooperation with KPMG, a technology and interaction model was developed, which governed the municipality’s brave strategy of moving everything to the Cloud. During the process, it steadily became clear that an upgrade of internal knowledge and external Cloud expertise would be necessary. Thorough planning of the Cloud architecture would also be a requirement, to ensure that rules and standards were followed and security maintained. At the same time, one opened for innovative development and operation, in addition to user friendly digital services.
Ullensaker municipality therefore started an extensive bidding process to find a Cloud partner to contribute in the work to plan and implement the wanted Cloud architecture. In addition to giving the municipality’s IT workers training in how the eco system should be handled efficiently. In February, 2020, Innofactor was awarded the contact, with the reasoning that the company has long experience in, and extensive knowledge of Microsoft’s technology. It is also known for being one of the three best Microsoft experts in Norway.” “We noticed that they are easy to cooperate with, and that they understand our needs,” lars Elstad states.
A Cloud platform for a modern municipality with more than 40,000 inhabitants
Innofactor’s concept for Virtual Data Centers (VDC) for Azure, driven by the customized solution infrastructure as code (IaC), which uses Microsoft’s best approaches, gave Ullensaker a solid basis for developing a Cloud platform. Ullensaker and Innofactor started to work together on developing a reference architecture with tailormade policies for data protection, identity control and unit handling, specifically customized to the municipality sector’s needs.
Camilla Ukkestad states that she is happy with the quick and flexible distribution of new functionality and the efficient inbuilt security policies the platform offer as a standard. “This will help us in our innovation work and make us sleep better at night. I am also impressed with how thorough Innofactor documents all decisions, the unique Cloud expertise and not in the least, the implementation speed. We would never have had the possibility to distribute the platform this quickly without their help.”