Matador Group Eliminates IT CAPEX with Move to Cloud
- Identify ways to improve competitive agility and avoid new CAPEX
- Outsource IT infrastructure and support using DXC Infrastructure-as-a-Service
- Provide updates as well as hardware and network refreshes
- Improve service quality with built-in data availability and security features
- Allowed Matador Group to focus on core, competitive competencies
- Reduced infrastructure and network costs
- Improved cost efficiency with no capital expenditures
Becoming the first choice
Privately owned Matador Group is an automotive system supplier with offices serving the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, and the Russian Federation. The vision of the Group is to be a reliable and technologically best-equipped supplier beyond the CEE borders. Internal research, development and design capabilities allow the company to continuously develop new products and services and become the first choice for customers.
In order to focus on this mission and grow its core competencies, Matador engaged DXC to outsource to outsource its IT functionality.
The company chose DXC due to its global reputation for superior technology solutions and outsourcing. Then in 2012, Matador expanded these services to incorporate an DXC Helion Managed Private Cloud so all of its infrastructure could be delivered as a service.
A highly competitive industry
“The automotive industry is highly competitive and demands an agile and adaptable IT infrastructure to incorporate change as needed,” explains Igor Šuba, CIO, Matador Group. “We rely on the proven IT expertise of HPE [now DXC] to provide continual innovation and modernization to keep us at the forefront of technology.”
Maintaining cost efficiency and reducing capital expenses is imperative in the automotive industry. Matador understood that outsourcing its IT functionality is a good way to avoid new capital expenses (CAPEX), transform IT costs to operating expenses (OPEX), and maintain a state-of-the-art infrastructure at the same time. Moving to an “as-a-service” model allows the company to consume services only as needed, saving money.
“What we get from HPE [now DXC] is quality, highly responsive IT expertise, and guaranteed 24x7 infrastructure reliability and stability, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing and maintaining our own multiple data centers,” notes Šuba. “HPE [now DXC] knows our processes extremely well and is our proven partner in support of critical new business initiatives.”
Bringing acquisitions online and on the run
Šuba estimates Matador acquires or starts a new company approximately once a year. With DXC managing the transition of the new people and processes, it now takes just under eight weeks to get a new location up and running under the Matador Group banner. Incorporating the new company into the Group quickly allows new Matador products to come into the market more competitively. “As important as our improved stand-up speed, is the fact that DXC gives us guaranteed cost and time estimates, so we can plan accordingly, and accurately report costs to the shareholders. HPE [now DXC] has completely eliminated the classic problem of unexpected expenditures and secondary costs. We can accurately budget and plan our growth,” adds Šuba.
The DXC contract supports five Matador companies consisting of over 1,500 employees in seven cities and three countries. The managed data center is hosted in the Slovak Republic with an DXC system manager onsite at Matador. “Our support SLA with HPE [now DXC] calls for prompt resolution, and that is what they deliver,” stresses Šuba. “HPE [now DXC] is the only IaaS vendor who met our rapid response requirements. In addition, HPE [now DXC] completed the entire transition to the HPE [DXC] Helion Managed Private Cloud in less than five months, while maintaining full business continuity.”
Completing the move to managed private cloud
Since choosing to work with DXC, the journey has been a successful and fruitful one. Matador transitioned to the cloud in a phased approach. First supporting its own infrastructure, then networking, then the data center and currently, completing the move to the DXC Managed Private Cloud.
“Our savings gained by using HPE [now DXC] is very significant. We literally no longer have any CAPEX for IT infrastructure. HPE [now DXC] is lightning fast in supplying what we need, when we need it, and our two companies have developed excellent teamwork and trust over the last 12 years,” concludes Šuba.
*This success story was originally written by HPE-Enterprise Services, which has become DXC Technology as of April 2017.