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AGC's Scalability Enhancement through Azure Migration with KochaSoft

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Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Data Exchange & Integration
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Middleware, SDKs & Libraries
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
  • Glass
Applicable Functions
  • Procurement
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Building Automation & Control
  • Tamper Detection
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
About The Customer
AGC Group is a major global glass manufacturer with a presence in Europe and Japan. The company, valued at $16 billion, has multiple business units worldwide and produces a wide range of glass products for commercial, residential, and industrial projects. AGC focuses on its core business of innovation in glass production and glass-related items to support the needs of building teams all over the world in achieving energy savings, safety, and stunning aesthetics. The company was looking to move away from managing its hardware on-premises and migrate to a scalable platform on Microsoft Azure to accelerate business growth in North America.
The Challenge
AGC Group, a global glass manufacturer, was seeking to transition from on-premises hardware to a cloud-based infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. The company aimed to improve cost efficiency and gain scalability benefits. Given AGC's presence in Europe and Japan, the migration to the cloud needed to be handled meticulously. The company was looking for a partner that could help with an on-time, on-budget infrastructure build. AGC also wanted to move away from managing its hardware on-premises and migrate to a scalable platform on Microsoft Azure. The company was seeking a partner who specialized in customized services to assist in hosting AGC’s landscape on Azure, which would allow AGC to accelerate business growth in North America.
The Solution
KochaSoft, a global cloud services organization specializing in optimizing SAP business technology, was chosen by AGC to assist in the migration. KochaSoft's eight-week SAP on Azure migration service helped AGC migrate their SAP workloads to Azure. During the migration period, KochaSoft successfully helped AGC navigate the complexities of migrating the VPN and AGC’s datacenters. KochaSoft also advised AGC on its integration with Azure Active Directory and mitigated challenges faced during the build period. Beyond migrating on-premises systems to Azure, KochaSoft tackled a wide range of work for AGC, including high-availability disaster recovery and building the landscape and backup solution. KochaSoft also built an integrated S/4HANA data warehouse using Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure Data Factory, helping AGC save 50 percent on its Azure licensing and implementation costs.
Operational Impact
  • The migration to Azure, facilitated by KochaSoft, has allowed AGC to modernize its business processes and improve its market position. KochaSoft continues to support AGC with application managed services in the Azure environment and with other initiatives. The partnership has also helped AGC improve its security and retain business continuity throughout the implementation process, realizing significant cost savings. KochaSoft is also helping AGC build and test better information security management (ISM) tools, such as more robust access control functions, which have become incredibly important as more IT teams work remotely. Another project in progress is Security Weaver tools, which will help AGC with audit compliance.
Quantitative Benefit
  • 50 percent savings on Azure licensing and implementation costs
  • Successful migration of AGC’s datacenters and VPN to Azure
  • Deployment of the S/4HANA data warehouse tool in just four months

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