When it comes to metal, AM Suisse is an umbrella organisation with around 60 permanent employees that represents the industry’s employer and education interests. The association provides professional networking for metal construction, agricultural engineering and farriers for its Agrotec Suisse and Metaltec Suisse associations and is also active in trade-related politics. Production, service and trading companies in the metalwork and agricultural engineering industries in Switzerland benefit from the comprehensive services of the umbrella organisation and its associations. Our world is in constant flux and so is the metal industry. Digitalisation, technical developments and legal regulations are all driving this change. AM Suisse helps their some 1,850 members implement these changes in their everyday business operations.
Starting point. IT is crucial when it comes to supporting members in all business and technical matters and helping them to secure their competitiveness into the future. The umbrella association consolidates its members’ knowledge, bringing it together in its own training centre and that of the AM Suisse network.
The training and further education of members and their employees takes place at AM Suisse in Aarberg. where professionals from the agricultural and construction machinery technology; metal construction and farrier industries provide a broad range of basic and advanced training using modern teaching methods. Both students and teachers require IT that works optimally with high levels of security. When AM Suisse’s IT needed major investment, the umbrella association reviewed the current IT infrastructure for technical and economic factors.
AM Suisse first requested a Request for Proposals (RfP) that should determine and evaluate the costs and advantages and disadvantages of the various IT operational concepts. Instead of the previously installed on-premise solution which stored all data on a central server infrastructure at the headquarters in Zurich and Aarberg, AM Suisse selected a cloud solution.
We are obliged to constantly review our costs and recognise and implement potential savings for our 1,850 members. IT takes up a significant proportion of our annual costs which is why we decided not to invest in the expansion of our server infrastructure, but rather in a future-proof cloud connection – a conclusion we came to with the advice of Bechtle. The 360° cloud is secure, highly-available and scalable. Exactly what we need for our association and its growth.
Paul Andrist, Vice Director, AM Suisse
As a long-term partner of AM Suisse, Bechtle were able to persuade the association to choose their solution during the tender process. This approached all of AM Suisse’s demands in detail and demonstrated in a successful Proof of Concept (PoC) who they would benefit from the cloud solution. The feasibility study illustrated that operational security and particularly performance would be guaranteed with a cloud solution and that operating costs would be reduced. For these reasons, Bechtle was awarded the contract to implement the project.
Using the cloud solution implemented by Bechtle at the AM Suisse sites in Zurich and Aarberg, every user can access the shared desktop in the Swiss data centre via a securely encrypted connection. Both sites are connected via highly-available multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) to the Bechtle data centre and the cloud. This ensures the required bandwidth for all employees as well as compliance with necessary SLAs and makes the previously used IP VPN connection obsolete.
This means AM Suisse is very flexible and other sites can be connected to the cloud solution via an on-premise internet connection without the need for lots of effort. In addition, Bechtle installed a new on-premise network (LAN and WLAN) based on HPE Aruba at the Aruba location.Access to Bechtle’s 360° desktop means that all required applications set up for each user are available on the device used (no matter if that’s a classic PC, notebook, tablet or ThinClient), including the Navision business application, the whole Microsoft Office range and other customer-specific applications.
Each employee has a folder that only they can access and can also access the group drive. 360° sharefile enables data sharing and security is achieved through 360° antispam and 360° antivirus. 360° devicemanager means that all clients can be centrally administered and problems quickly and efficiently resolved via remote access.
Bechtle's efficient and reliable 360° cloud allows AM Suisse to once again focus on its core business. Bechtle takes care of the IT and ensures smooth and cost-efficient business processes. Thanks to the comprehensive support provided by the cloud solution, AMS Suisse is able to introduce homogeneous standards that save costs and stabilise IT.
In the course of the switch over, the umbrella organisation could also consolidate its application portfolio, which also saved costs. Clear access and security concepts as well as fast connection to the clients in the cloud has resulted in high levels of satisfaction among the employees.