Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
MN Pensioen is a Dutch financial service provider specializing in corporate and industry-wide pension funds and investments. The company manages over €175 billion in pension assets while serving two million people in the metal and technology, and motor vehicle sector. Responsible investing is at MN’s core, taking an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) model of business. Fiduciary analysis, management, and communication make up a large part of MN’s services. They also administer income insurance and work with Research and Development funds and social funds in their respective industries. MN has their headquarters in Den Haag with five business units.
Delivering a Secure IT Landscape
MN services follow stringent governance and protocols in line with legislation. As such, a certain level of security proved paramount in crafting a new IT architecture. Client and other sensitive information needed to be protected while IT needed to respond quickly and without security breaches or losing information. Facing these constraints, MN approached Xebia to come up with a suitable solution. Xebia opted for a hybrid cloud architecture, letting MN Pensioen retain its private cloud for legacy infrastructure as well as business-critical applications—particularly those with stewardship requirements. This new environment also fit with MN’sneed to be fluid while managing fluctuations and meeting increased demands.
Defining a Course
The demands of the financial market change frequently depending on a number of factors. Not least of which is compliance with EU and Dutch legislation. Relying on large amounts of data to conduct sensitive day-to-day business, MN needed to modernize its IT architecture to remain competitive and put in place state-of-the-art security measures. The company turned to Xebia for itscoaching abilities and deep knowledge of cloud architectures. Xebia guided MN through the entire process, takingan inventory of the data that needed to be moved and what could stay. Xebia then set up a roadmap for a hybrid cloud architecture that allowed for sharing of data and applications managed by a single IT architecture.
Agile Cloud Migration
Once the ball got rolling, it took only three months to get MN up to the task with cloud migration. With a path carefully routed, MN worked closely with Xebia’s experts to build a highly automated, highly secure yet innovative cloud environment that prevented data from being compromised. They accomplished this by setting up regional controls with on-premise servers alongside the cloud system — a hybrid environment. The system also streamlined audits and communication between the cloud and local servers. In compliance with the GDPR, data would not be leaving the EU. Concurrently, Xebia’s consultants worked on getting the team up to par with an Agile mindset. Working in an agile way ultimately offered MN greater elasticity, saving costly fees and time.