Heavy investments in automation and tooling pay off in 2014
Outsourcing-services provider Schuberg Philis has successfully completed the technology transition, adding speed and flexibility to the 100% culture of security, control and auditability. By heavily investing in extreme automation and tooling, for the first time Schuberg Philis can offer projects below the prices of commodity parties, without compromising on flexibility and auditability. The revenue of m€51 in 2014 came about via both existing customers with additional requests as well as through new customers like Jumbo and ACTIAM.
Pim Berger, Managing Director of Schuberg Philis: “We experience now that quality leadership and cost leadership are not mutually exclusive: both can be very well combined. By practicing what we preach, we have shown that automation can reduce costs drastically, while the level of service can actually increase. Sound financial management remains the key factor in supporting the continuity of our company. Revenue growth has never been a goal in itself, but maintaining a solid profitable result for continuity is. This is clearly demonstrated with our steady net profit margin of 10%.”
Infra as code is the new standard
By using code and software-based services to build and manage complex IT infrastructures and application landscapes, Schuberg Philis is able to drastically shorten the time to market, as well as to offer customers the tools to act instantly. The potential of the offering has been recognized by new customers like Jumbo (online retail), ACTIAM (asset management) and BKWI (government). BKWI contracted Schuberg Philis for the hosting and management of the Centrale Omgeving Gezamenlijke elektronische Voorzieningen Suwi (GeVS). Suwinet Services provide public institutions an infrastructure used to exchange data relating to citizens and companies.
The focus of Schuberg Philis has become Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), Platforms as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS). Pim Berger: “By creating smart software that can be replicated time and again, so-called ‘building blocks’, we are able to give our customers highly advanced and secure IT ecosystems, almost at the click of a button. Existing customer Rabobank International Direct Banking has chosen to use this newest technology to replace the existing IT ecosystem and drastically reduce it in size, while greatly optimizing it at the same time.”
2014 has marked the turn-around in the acceptance of cloud-based computing for mission critical applications. The Schuberg Philis cloud has proven to be ideal for hosting these complex and fragmented application landscapes, as it can be used with great flexibility. Increasingly information is stored on an infinite amount of IT-environments, that all need to be able to communicate with each other. These systems may be in perpetual motion, but they also need to be reliable and secure. Schuberg Philis hosts the infrastructures in highly secure clouds, maintaining both speed and security.
What this means in practice, becomes clear when reading Schuberg Philis’ Annual Report. It offers a wide range of contributions from customers, colleagues and experts, reflecting on the transitions in their fields.