So it was time for something new. There were two options: modernising the IT infrastructure by maintaining the previous server-based approach, or implementing a new idea instigated by the manager, namely migrating to the cloud. This was a very courageous alternative, as it was not yet widely used at that time. In retrospect, however, it was certainly the right choice.
Despite initial concerns, the decision was consequently taken in favour of the second option. Swisscom was brought on board to help with the implementation. The company is considered a reputable, secure and reliable partner and it already manages the club’s entire telephony operations – fixed network and mobile communications. The software company Piramide Informatica Sagl was also commissioned as a partner to realise the project. The cost of financing its implementation is important, but it has the advantage of relying on a single provider for the entire system, meaning you have only one contact person for all your needs and – since Smart ICT is a modular solution with a fixed monthly fee with easily calculable costs – an operating fee without any surprises.
So the direction is set. A prerequisite for realising this idea is fibre optics, which can provide a bandwidth that is sufficiently powerful to be able to network the entire system. After all, the Smart ICT alternative is also the best because it is both more cost-effective and quieter to operate than the conventional solution, while keeping costs constant. Let’s start with the first aspect: the existing ‘server under the desk’ structure can lead to extraordinary, unplanned costs due to outages or faults. The new (cloud) structure, on the other hand, is a managed service and is therefore subject to a fixed monthly fee, as mentioned above, in order to keep costs under control. And secondly: the Smart ICT solution means that both the operation and maintenance of the IT structure are handled by Swisscom experts, giving customers who are not involved with IT in their core business the opportunity to devote themselves to other things.