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Cloud Migration: The Wallace Group's Journey to Efficiency and Cost Savings

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 Cloud Migration: The Wallace Group's Journey to Efficiency and Cost Savings - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Computing
Applicable Industries
  • National Security & Defense
  • Transportation
Applicable Functions
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity
  • Time Sensitive Networking
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • Training
The Challenge
The Wallace Group, a recognized geosystem expert in the Pacific Northwest, faced a significant challenge when their servers crashed in fall 2020. The crash highlighted the need for a more reliable and efficient system to manage their projects, create invoices, and process payroll. The company was also grappling with the challenge of effectively supporting their distributed workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their on-premises solution was not fully equipped to support their teams when they had to close their offices temporarily. The company was also burdened with the cost of maintaining in-house hardware, including the purchase of a new server every five years and the cost of outsourcing frequent and expensive system updates to their external IT vendor to keep their systems secure and up-to-date.
The Customer
About The Customer
The Wallace Group is a recognized geosystem expert in the Pacific Northwest. They provide practical, applied earth and environmental science solutions to clients in the transportation, water, energy, commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental markets. The multidisciplinary consulting services company of 17 provides services throughout the project life cycle from initial environmental studies to project plans/specifications and International Building Code (IBC) inspection and testing during construction. Their recent project highlights include a variety of engineering and construction services at the Bend Science Station at OSU-Cascades Campus; Cloudchaser Chair Lift at Mt. Bachelor; Caldera High School; Facebook’s Prineville Data Center Campus; High Desert Proving Grounds for Daimler Trucks North America, LLC; Huntington Lodge at Pronghorn Resort; Intensive Care Unit and Patient Tower for St. Charles Health System, Inc.; and Opal Springs Fish Passage in the Crooked River Canyon.
The Solution
The Wallace Group partnered with Deltek to move their Deltek Ajera Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to the Deltek Cloud. The transition was swift, and their systems were back up and running in just a few days. The cloud-based Ajera ERP system was identical to the on-premises version, eliminating the need for retraining. The move to the cloud also addressed the challenge of supporting their distributed workforce. The cloud-based solution provided all employees full system access no matter where they were – in the field, at home, or in the office. The Wallace Group also saw significant cost savings by eliminating their in-house hardware. They no longer needed to worry about the cost of purchasing new servers or outsourcing system updates. The company also utilized Deltek University for online product training to enable their teams to better utilize the software.
Operational Impact
  • The move to the cloud has brought about significant operational improvements for The Wallace Group. The cloud-based solution has enabled the company to work efficiently and effectively from anywhere, a critical requirement in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees have full system access no matter where they are, and some have even reported that their system is working faster. The company has also seen significant time savings in onboarding new employees and setting up their computers. The cloud-based solution has also increased the company's security by eliminating the need for frequent and expensive system updates. The company is also leveraging online product training to enable their teams to better utilize the software, further enhancing their operational efficiency.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Significant cost savings by eliminating the need to purchase new servers every five years.
  • Reduced the time to onboard employees from days to only five to 10 minutes.
  • Saved about 25% in cost savings annually by eliminating the need to outsource frequent and expensive system updates.

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