The setting up of Azure in particular was a strategic move for the company. The cloud solution now means that Vestergaard can let Swisscom take care of the ICT infrastructure ICT, the operation and applications, in their entirety. “Previously, we had dedicated servers in Switzerland, but now, everything is on Azure, which means that we have access to our data everywhere, and at all times, especially from our laboratory located in Ghana, and where connectivity is not optimal”, Nicolas Schornoz is pleased to be able to say, also emphasising the time saved and efficiency levels achieved with Office365, which enables Vestergaard associates, wherever they might be on the planet, to have rapid access to the company’s data.
Swisscom has thus become the client’s exclusive IT supplier. “We moved from a team of 5 people, who constantly had to juggle different roles, to a global partner with a very wide spectrum of competencies.” This outsourcing enabled Vestergaard to benefit from a proactive IT service, that enables the enhancement and optimisation of solutions that match the activities for which the use of big data will permit a new level of operational stability and security, as well as the overall taking control of the sales process, at the same time incorporating all their partners in the process. “Although we work mainly with major NGOs, we attach major importance to the end-user of our products. We do not yet have direct feedback on their use. Big data may be considered as synonymous with a real advance in the understanding of the needs of our end users, and the development of our future products.”