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GRISARD MANAGEMENT AGGRISARD-Gruppe is a leading Swiss petroleum company, bitumen and asphalt manufacturer, and real estate management firm. To reduce costs, improve performance, and speed innovation, the company made a strategic decision to migrate all its business applications to Microsoft Azure. By moving SAP applications to Azure, GRISARD has reduced costs by 40 percent and dramatically improved SAP performance. It’s now busy migrating other workloads to Azure and exploring technologies such as Azure IoT Hub to fuel data-driven innovation.
Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionHeadquartered in Tallahassee, Florida with locations across the state, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for overseeing the compliance, management, preservation, and restoration of the Sunshine State’s natural resources. The department’s 3,300 employees run three main branches of the DEP. The Land and Recreation branch which includes the Florida Parks Service manages hundreds of campsites and parks all over the state, while the Ecosystem Restoration branch focuses on restoring Florida’s famous wetlands, watersheds, and everglade ecosystems. The Regulatory branch issues permits and ensures compliance with requirements for environmental resources. Florida has some of the rarest ecosystems in the US. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection is currently in the midst of transforming their digital tools and capabilities to help protect those natural resources around the clock. As one of the first state departments to explore the cloud with a move to Office 365, the DEP has transformed employee efficiency and connectivity with Microsoft’s tools like OneDrive and SharePoint, while increasing communication and collaboration with Skype’s video conferencing features. Under the guidance of Warren Sponholtz, Chief Information Officer, the DEP’s recent pilot of Microsoft Azure, a cloud-based platform for building and managing applications, is only the latest step in their on-going digital transformation.
DriveTimeWhen DriveTime wanted to streamline and automate manual, intuition-based vehicle purchasing, the company used Microsoft PowerApps and Azure SQL Database to make the process more cost-effective. With the Online Buyer web app built on PowerApps, DriveTime inspectors and buyers can remove guesswork, save time, and transform hard-earned business knowledge into an accurate and repeatable purchase process.
Qatar Gas TransportQatari shipping and maritime company Nakilat has one of the world’s largest fleets of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, transporting LNG from Qatar to global markets. To increase its competitive advantage, Nakilat wanted to improve employee productivity and mobility, without compromising on data security. It uses Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Cloud App Security to deliver highly secure cloud-first workplaces—shipboard and in the office. Nakilat also adopted the Microsoft Azure platform to optimize its operations and improve business continuity, reducing operating costs by 50 percent.
University of CambridgeAs the pace of global innovation continues to accelerate, the University of Cambridge is evolving engineering curriculum to teach core concepts faster using higher level, open source tools in the public cloud. For example, a professor increased learning in an introductory computing class by having students use Microsoft Azure Notebooks Service powered by the Jupyter open source project. This allows students to spend more time mastering concepts and enhancing problem solving skills and less time on language syntax. This technology switch also gives students anytime, anywhere access to required tools needed to complete assignments, and it facilitates greater collaboration between professors, students, and the larger community. In addition, after Cambridge adopted a public cloud solution, IT infrastructure doesn’t limit the ingenuity of bright minds.
Van LanschotPrivate banking clients have distinctive needs and expectations for managing their wealth—but they want the option to use digital channels and tools just as much as regular banking clients do. To give them this option, Van Lanschot, the oldest financial institution in the Netherlands, built a mobile-first, web-based client platform with Microsoft Azure. The solution was in production about 50 percent faster than traditional offerings, meets the needs of a new generation, and supports flexible growth for years to come.
UnifiFounded in 2014, Unifi Software has created an integrated suite of innovative self-service data tools that are now the go-to solution for many Forbes Global 2000 companies. We attribute our success to the quality of our data as a service (DaaS) platform and to smart business choices, including our decision to participate in the Microsoft Accelerator program and take advantage of its cost-effective access to Microsoft Azure.
KyligenceFounded in 2016, Kyligence is a cutting-edge data intelligence company that offers solutions for big data analytics. Kyligence products are powered by Apache Kylin, the leading open-source online analytical processing (OLAP) engine that’s built for interactive analytics of petabyte-scale data on Hadoop. (Apache Hadoop is the open-source software framework used for distributed storage and processing of big datasets.) We also offer Kyligence Robot, an online tuning and optimization service for Apache Kylin, and Kyligence Cloud, an elastic data analytics platform in the cloud.
RLH CorporationAs a growing hotel operation with strong roots in the Pacific Northwest, RLH Corporation prides itself on embracing this mentality of adventure and discovery. It pervades everything the organization does, from providing its guests with local knowledge and an authentic, community feel, to how it approaches technological advancement.
Diamond Bank PlcDiamond Bank is one of the 22 financial institutions operating in Nigeria, with a mission to “Go beyond banking, connect people and markets and markets to people.” This mission is brought to life through leveraging innovative Microsoft technologies to empower the bank to reach more people in a cost-effective way. Also deepening financial inclusion initiatives, Diamond Bank delivers on this commitment with the right digital assets to enable offering of a wide portfolio of products for the chan…