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Improving IT and Business Performance Through Azure Cloud

Waypoint Insurance, one of British Columbia's largest insurance brokerage company, migrates from outdated and costly IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure Cloud for IT optimization and simplification.

  • 200+ employees
  • With more than 100 years in operation, Waypoint Insurance provides a variety of products and services ranging from Life, Automobile, and Travel to Home and Commercial insurance.

Challenge

  • Waypoint Insurances' growth strategy has been through the acquisition of other companies to expand its portfolio and reach, and provide exceptional products and services to a broader audience. This also meant that the company had to inherit the IT infrastructure of acquired companies. As the company inherited the legacy infrastructure, the old IT team faced numerous difficulties in adopting it.
  • Apart from the difficulties faced by the IT team and a lack of methodology in place to adopt the legacy infrastructure, the IT Infrastructure from the acquired companies was redundant and outdated, which often resulted in project delays and increased cost of IT services.  

  • Needed a solution to optimize its IT infrastructure that would simplify its business processes and ensure the smooth running of day-to-day business activities.

Solution

  • Waypoint partnered with Softlanding who analyzed their legacy infrastructure and provided a strategic action plan for a simplified IT infrastructure.

  • Softlanding worked closely with the Waypoint management team to create a high-level roadmap and move their outdated, costly and redundant on-premise IT infrastructure to cloud-based Microsoft Azure.

  • Softlanding Azure's hybrid lift-and-shift approach allows organizations to migrate from on-premise IT infrastructure to cloud in phases easily, mitigates security risks, increases productivity, and save operational cost.

The Results

Improved Agility by Consolidating IT Infrastructure in Azure

By deploying Sotlanding's Microsoft Azure, Waypoint's IT agility has dramatically increased resulting in simplified IT infrastructure, faster development cycles and improved business processes.

Cost Savings of 25K/year by Eliminating the Need for Private Datacenter

The old segregated IT system needed separate login access and different hosting systems, but now the company has consolidated access resulting in reducing the cost of inefficient resources.

Hands-off Approach to IT with Softlanding's Strategic IT Partnership

With the help of Softlanding's strategic partnership, Waypoint can now enjoy the benefits of an effective IT methodology, a detailed action plan and a simplified cloud-based IT infrastructure making their business model of acquiring companies a smoother transition. Their focus is now on having a complete cloud-centric environment for their staff to work on from anywhere, anytime.

Training New Staff

With a simplified cloud-based IT infrastructure in place, training new staff to access the Waypoint Azure portal for a more holistic view of the company and its various resources has become much easier for the company.

"It was a big decision for our organization to move to an external vendor to help us with our IT needs. Despite our initial angst, we are really pleased with the outcome. This relationship allows an organization of our size to have access to industry-leading expertise that we could never acquire on our own. Softlanding has affordably changed how we do business, they have secured our infrastructure in the cloud, and they offer great service to our staff. On top of it, they are a really great group of people to work with. Can’t say enough good things about them! "
Cheryl Edmunson
Director - Shared Services , Waypoint Insurance

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