IQPC creates a customised cloud

THE CLIENT

IQPC is a leading conference services provider with 14 offices spread throughout all five continents. Based on a business model that first started out in the 1970s, the company has been trading in its current structure since 1989.


THE BUSINESS

Each year IQPC provides in the region of 2000 conferences, seminars and learning programs. The company’s in-house specialists identify key and high-interest topics for conferences and then sell the sponsorship to relevant brands who will benefit from the exposure to qualified potential customers. In this way, the business not only delivers high-value learning content but also provides high ROI-communications channels between brands and their markets.


THE BRIEF

Each year IQPC provides in the region of 2000 conferences, seminars and learning programs. The company’s in-house specialists identify key and high-interest topics for conferences and then sell the sponsorship to relevant brands who will benefit from the exposure to qualified potential customers. In this way, the business not only delivers high-value learning content but also provides high ROI-communications channels between brands and their markets.

IQPC’s German regional HQ in Berlin has approximately 90 users, a number of file servers and a Microsoft Exchange server for email. Previous to Transputec’s involvement, the office was reliant on a local back-up solution consisting of a Back-up Exec server and an old tape drive.

The on-site solution was no longer really suitable, owing to several factors - not least of which were the lack of any onsite IT personnel and the growing need for centralised data to facilitate easy access for reference and rapid retrieval in the event of the need for urgent access or data loss. A cloud-based solution was called for.


THE SOLUTION

Being a global business with 14 offices, covering over 30 business sectors and a growing number of client sponsors, the amount of data generated and requiring effective archiving is considerable and growing exponentially.

With the dual needs of scalability and security, Transputec decided that a cloud-based solution was by far the best fit from both a technical and commercial perspective - the pay-for-what-you-use aspect of cloud-based architecture is too attractive to ignore for business-owners and executives... anybody whose responsibilities touch on more than just the day-to-day mechanics of business management – in other words, strategic matters like growth, re- investment and building brand equity.


Around the world... round the clock

One of the major challenges of running an intercontinental business is arguably the least controllable: the world clock. No matter how dedicated and vigorous the global team members are, some will always be asleep when others are awake and in need of access, data, records and so forth.

With cloud-based, automated solutions to data storage and retrieval the capacity to put in place multi-level, adjustable and 24/7 access has never been greater. With the advent of mobile “always-on” communications, questions need answering in minutes not days - having to wait for someone to return to the office can seriously compromise competitive business advantage.


ENCRYPTION AND SECURITY

Both in terms of long-term storage and during more vulnerable data transmission functions all data is encrypted to state-of-the-art levels. Being both pro-actively and reactively alert to external threat or internal mechanical failure, the integrity of data combined with robust authorised accessibility are paramount.