Companies that migrate to Office 365 face two huge challenges: their employees need to suddenly use cloud services and, even more seriously, they need to familiarise themselves with some new collaborative work methods. Beck et al. will manage the entire migration for you and help to establish a mindset for digitally-supported teamwork to make use of all the benefits the new platform has to offer.More about Enable Digital Work
Digital Work Hub
The Digital Work Hub is the first point of contact for digital work within a company. Like a competence centre, employees consult the hub, if they have any questions or need help with digital tasks. The Digital Work Hub provides information material, actively supports coaches and passes on experiences. A helpdesk designed as a walk-in lounge rounds off this digital means of entry developed by Beck et al..More about Enable Digital Work
Digital Workout “Collaboration Scouts”
We learn how to work digitally in a hands-on approach rather than in classrooms. First, we try things out in a protected environment (workout) before implementing our ideas into our daily work supported by colleagues who have a little more experience. Beck et al designs, coaches and accompanies this collaborative type of immersive learning. This way of learning ensures that digital work/behaviour is embedded very quickly into the ‘muscle memory’ becoming as automatic as breathing, swimming or putting one foot in front of another.More about Enable Digital Work
Digital Maturity Check
The Digital Maturity Check helps you identify where your company can start to improve its abilities in the fields of organisation, technology and data with respect to the digital toolset, skillset and mindset.More about Enable Digital Work
Maximise Multi-cloud Cost Optimisation and Cloud Governance
Beck et al., in cooperation with CloudHealth, provides three different plans, Basic, Pro and Enterprise, to streamline the management and cost of your company cloud whilst meeting organisational requirements. Not just any tool, we provide real service at all stages of your successful multi-cloud journey; from comprehensive on-boarding to continued guidance and recommendations.More Information
Modernisation of the cloud
Legacy IT is not always a bad thing. Just because services or applications are in the cloud does not necessarily mean that performance is better. We show you how to enter the cloud world and why this is worth your while – regardless of your starting position, but always with the goal of being as effective as possible.More about Shape a Flexible IT
Cloud computing quickly becomes unmanageable. If various services are procured from different providers, or are even mixed with on-premise applications, it is especially important that there are clear (central) guidelines and structures that ensure compliance with the rules. Thanks to its experience with many cloud projects, Beck et al. offers support on how to create solid structures without becoming top heavy.More about Shape a Flexible IT
Serverless & Container
Serverless computing and container virtualisation bring about very granular, independent and elastic components that behave like microservices. Business applications comprised in this way are also very flexible and can be easily modified. However, the development and operation of these many ‘moving parts’ pose huge challenges to companies. Our specialists help you to master them.More about Shape a Flexible IT
Hybrid Cloud Environments
Hybrid cloud environments, i.e. a mix of IT infrastructures within the computer centre with infrastructures of various cloud providers, make the IT structure of a company more flexible, scalable and ultimately less expensive. But they are more complex. In particular, communication and collaboration effort increases. We can help you realise your ideal operating model for the hybrid cloud world.More about Shape a Flexible IT
AI based research
Checking whether applications and cloud services, desktops and networks function smoothly is one of the more tedious tasks carried out by IT operations and the service desk. This task is only really smart, if the monitoring acts proactively and counters potential bottlenecks and malfunctions. It then has an actual impact on business because uninterrupted IT operations are much more cost-effective and efficient. Beck et al. makes your monitoring smart.More about Form Data to Results
Social Media Intelligence (with NLP)
For some time, classic analysis methods and conventional algorithms have proven inadequate for publicly accessible information from social media and other sources. We simply cannot see the woods for trees. Beck et al. uses AI and natural language processing (NLP) to analysis this myriad of data and find out, for instance, what is actually being said about companies, trends, technologies and political decisions in social media.More about Form Data to Results
This stands for artificial Intelligence (for) Operations. Similar to predictive maintenance, it monitors all operations in the company and predicts potential failures and bottlenecks so that corrective action can be taken before irregularities occur. Beck et al. helps companies to implement the monitoring system and also to define the relevant criteria.More about Form Data to Results
The alarm bus is based on the intelligent security, analytics and monitoring platform Splunk. This Beck et al. cloud service provides an overview of the state of your IT landscape in real time, forecasts future system behaviour and, if there is a threat of nonconformities, it sounds an alarm. This service can also be used for machines and production lines that are connected to the Internet.More about Form Data to Results
Digital transformation in the aviation industry: Evolutionary instead of disruptive
Beck et al. developed and implemented a concept for a large aerospace group that enables staff to learn digital work quickly and also spreads the know-how almost virally.See case
Digital services: the seeds of success
The digital transformation is in full swing in the agricultural sector, where several spectacular achievements have already been made in the field of digitalisation, including the digital service platform myKWS, which has been developed by the international seed specialist KWS SAAT. The platform is a prime example of a modern cloud project that ensures greater sustainability in agriculture. It just goes to show how a customer (KWS), cloud service provider (Beck et al.) and a provider (Amazon Web Services) can all work hand in hand to provide digital services to a large target market (farmers around the world).See case
ARDEX innovates with cloud-native solutions to support marketing activities
The ARDEX Group is a global leader of high-performance building products being present in over 100 countries across all continents, being one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality specialist building materials. One of the main challenges global enterprises as ARDEX face are the constant need to provide innovative solutions and disruptive technologies to better engage and serve customers, being them internal or external end-users. This is taken seriously by ARDEX, which partnered with Beck et al. in order to bring into life business ideas to better service customers as well employees.See case
Media and entertainment
AWS cloud prevents boredom on board
Like Axinom, who moved its content management for inflight systems into the cloud in a flexible, scalable and safe manner, and then modernised it.See case
Premium services for sugar beet farmers
The sugar beet grower Betaseed not only offers its farmers seeds, it also provides a wide range of web services that Beck et al. migrated in an optimum form into the AWS Cloud.See case
Operation Analytics: Finding errors more quickly by consolidating causes
Beck et al. installed an IT monitoring system that is able to identify errors ten times more quickly than before for a large automotive supplier that has a workforce of 70,000.See case
Social Media Intelligence: AI mines valuable information
Beck et al. uses AI to analyse social media postings, allowing it to create very precise reputation ranking lists for customers.See case
ARDEX innovates with cloud-native solutions to support marketing activities
The ARDEX Group is a global leader of high-performance building products being present in over 100 countries across all continents, being one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality specialist building materials. One of the main challenges global enterprises as ARDEX face are the constant need to provide innovative solutions and disruptive technologies to better engage and serve customers, being them internal or external end-users. This is taken seriously by ARDEX, which partnered with Beck et al., a long standing AWS partner, in order to bring into life business ideas to better service customers as well employees.
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Marketing departments usually have to deal with a increasingly amount of media data which has to be properly managed, categorized and be easily accessible for the different initiatives. ARDEX has identified the need to keep better control over these assets while allowing global optimized usage.
In this context the BildWerk solution has been designed and implemented by Beck et al. BildWerk is a serverless image management solution developed for the internal global marketing team in order to provide an easier way to manage public media assets.
The purpose of this application is to provide an intuitive interface for the management of images intended for marketing emails and other marketing related activities. The main functionalities include:
- image (multi)upload with automatic thumbnail generation
- image tagging, tag searching and filtering
- description editing and image searching by description
- image searching by name
- folder based image management
- easy way to get the image links for embedding in emails or other marketing uses
To achieve the business goals and innovation pace not only new technologies but also new methods that boost velocity and collaboration were adopted. In the development area agile methods were implemented, for the release of new features and the managmenet of infraestructure, DevOps practices were adopted, all this supported by AWS cloud-native services.
The adoption of agile methods allowed developers as well product owners to iterate quickly the solutions, delivering from an early stage value to end users. In conjunction with agile, DevOps allowed the infrastructure to be build and maintained as code, as well continuous integration and deployment to become the de facto way applications are build, tested and run.
The solution itself is composed by a serverless web application completely relying on AWS managed Services—the architecture diagram below provides a high-level overview.
The main components are:
AWS Amplify - creates cloud resources defined as code. These resources include: Amazon Cognito user pools, Amzon AppSync, Amazon DynamoDB tables, AWS Lambda functions, Amazon S3 buckets, etc.
Working in feature branches independently
Automated testing using the following tooling:
- Jest - unit testing framework
- Cypress - end to end testing with integration in the Amplify Console.
Automated deployment using AWS Amplify Framework based on different stages.
Among the benefits achieved with the solution we can outline the following:
- For the application users the BildWerk solution provided an easy way to collaborate globally and manage the media assets from a central place with very good performance efficiency thanks to Amazon Cloudfront CDN global network features.
- In terms of cost optimization the solution provides total elasticity as it is completely based on the usage, meaning no unused running resources are needed. As an example, during the ramp-up phase when the application was available but few users active the cost remained under $1 (one) US dollar per month.
- Operations are nearly non-existent due to the usage of AWS managed platform services, comprehensive monitoring and tracing thanks to Amazon CloudWatch and AWS X-Ray as well the adoption of DevOps methods assuring the deployed infrastructure is fully treated as code and that deployments are carefully managed and no changes are unmanaged.