A long-distance relationship that worked
When it came to crunch time, the Iceland Foods team agreed that the technical knowledge and extensive experience that WARDY IT Solutions could offer, would be crucial for the successful migration of the data estate.
“The WARDY IT Solutions team were able to demonstrate their skills very quickly. They reviewed elements of the estate and were quick to suggest improvements, changes and provide an overview. Other organisations we met with were much more reactive and did not have the strategic outlook that Peter and his team have,” says Phil.
With the time difference between the UK and Australia being significant, Phil had some initial concerns about how the process would be managed. However he quickly discovered that time zones made no difference to the process, with WARDY IT Solutions ensuring engineers and consultants were available around the clock.
“The team aligned to all our meeting times and were very accommodating. Early on, they sent staff to the UK to get a deeper understanding of how we use the data estate and what we need from it,” adds Phil.
The solution identified for Iceland Foods was to create a new modern data warehouse using Azure Synapse. This would accelerate the company’s journey to the Cloud and introduce HADR (high availability and disaster recovery).
Before migrating, there was a lot of work of preparation work to be done, however WARDY IT Solutions’ expertise and willingness to assist made the process much easier for Iceland Foods.
“Moving from such an established system to a brand new, revolutionary platform was definitely daunting because there are some unknowns. Essentially, we had to take a leap of faith. But we didn’t have any concerns when it came to WARDY IT Solutions. The knowledge and level of support they provided made the decision a lot easier to make,” says Phil.
The benefits of a modern data estate
The migration to Azure Synapse has resulted in significantly reduced operational costs. The modern data warehouse has transformed Iceland Foods from an expensive capital expenditure model to a cost-effective operational expenditure model.
The modern data estate is user friendly and built using familiar Microsoft technology. This enables key business leaders to access information with greater ease and easily ingest additional data sources to augment their existing data.
In turn this ease-of-use has made recruitment easier for Iceland Foods, as there are less technical skills required to access and analyse the information. This also means that onboarding staff and providing training is a quicker and smoother process.
The data itself, the most important component, has proven to be as robust and reliable as it was before the migration, meaning the transition has been a success. However, the opportunities for how to use this content are now much greater due to the intelligent functionality of Azure Synapse.
The new solution is also scalable and can adapt to meet the requirements of peak trading times including Christmas. With the former estate retired, the Azure data estate aligns with Iceland Foods’ broader business plan of Cloud migration.