May 17, 2020

Valtech acquires True Clarity to enhance ecommerce capabilities

Valtech
Digital Transformation
True Clarity
Software development
Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Ecommerce
Global digital transformation specialist Valtech has announced that it has acquired UK-based software development firm True Clarity.

Specialising in De...

Global digital transformation specialist Valtech has announced that it has acquired UK-based software development firm True Clarity.

Specialising in DevOps, ecommerce, big data, mobile and cloud services and other similar solutions, the acquisition will enable Valtech to enhance its capabilities in both ecommerce and experience platforms, with True Clarity having worked with a number of leading brands including ASOS, EasyJet and Dyson.

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“Their culture, people and ambition align perfectly with ours and what we were looking for,” said True Clarity Founder, Andrew Davies. “We couldn’t be more excited about our future with Valtech.”

The firm was selected by Valtech, largely due to its expertise and standing as a Global Platinum partner within the Sitecore Digital Experience Platform, in addition to its proven track record of building and operating high traffic content platforms for leading global consumer brands.

“It was clear from the start that there were synergies and by welcoming True Clarity into the Valtech family, we will further improve how we service our customers, while expanding our capabilities and scope in critical areas of our business in the UK,” said Olivier Padiou, Global Chief Operating Office, Valtech.

True Clarity’s team will now join Valtech’s 2,500-strong global employee base, spanning across 16 countries, whilst simultaneously enhancing Valtech’s position as one of the largest UK-based digital agencies.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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