The MINT mobility agency from Mechelen (Belgium) opts for an IT solution focused firmly on the future by migrating all of its IT systems to the Cloud with ITCE.
MINT is a traffic and mobility agency, based in Mechelen, which has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. MINT provides high-quality and dependable mobility advice for towns and cities, local authorities, government departments, the NMBS/SNCB, De Lijn and various large private companies and project developers. Projects include traffic flow plans, road traffic models, cycle surveys and parking studies.
When it was first established in 2007, MINT handled its own IT internally using Google services. But with 15 years of constant growth behind it, the agency staff headcount has risen from 5 then to more than 30 employees today. And with new projects arriving continuously, the agency estimates it will increase its staff by an additional 2 or 3 employees per year over the coming years.
Calculating road traffic models requires very powerful and effective hardware systems. Previously, this meant that our local servers had to run day and night to keep up with demand. Today, we have Cloud servers that are only called on by our people when we actually need that level of computing power.
The number and size of the road traffic plans and models worked on has also grown exponentially over the years. Road traffic models involve calculations based on big data, such as population figures, employment numbers and traffic statistics. Handling variables of this type quickly generates volumes of results that often run into dozens of gigabytes.
Until recently, these databases were managed on local servers, but this had begun to have a direct impact on the security and quality of backups, as well as on the ease of accessing the data. So the time had come to adopt a high-performance Cloud solution.
The aim was to relieve the workload on MINT’s own IT staff so that they could focus on their core tasks without worrying about the switch to the Cloud. By using ITCE’s Support-as-a-Service, everyone at MINT can come to us 24/7 for support. And without any unwanted financial hangover.”
MINT appointed ITCE to ensure that the switch to the Cloud ran smoothly. Having a powerful solution featuring Microsoft 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop, combined with ITCE’s all-in-one package and highly transparent pricing, was 100% decisive in getting the project across the line successfully.
The whole operation went very smoothly after an extensive preparatory phase, which included copying the big databases. The switch from the old system to the new one was made in just an hour, with virtually no downtime – all with on-site supervision and guidance from ITCE.
We were looking for a partner capable of working as though it was one of us – and I think we have found it with ITCE
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