Bergmann Improves Efficiency Across Workforce
With Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Deployment
Bergmann, now Colliers Engineering & Design, is an architecture and engineering firm that offers planning, design, and client management services to clients across the country. The company has over 450 employees spanning New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio.
Situation: Data Storage and Processing Power Pains
The architecture and engineering industry has developed quickly over the past several years, majorly improving workflows with drone data, scan building, and land scan data. However, those leaps and bounds bring growing pains with them, and Bergmann felt them, especially when it came to storing that abundant, high-quality data.
In early 2021, Bergmann was engaged in a contract with a large global partner that deployed a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The company’s goal with this solution was to support users, robust design programs, and line of business applications from the Cloud. But the expensive VDI solution the vendor configured took months to execute and required significant capital expenditure on an ongoing basis.
“We needed a larger storage capacity with resources to process our data,” said Dan Benjamin, Manager of Information Technology at Bergmann, “and we needed a reliable partner to help seamlessly and strategically implement the solution.”
Bergmann was already engaged with ProArch as an IT solution provider for security, Teams Phone System Migration, IT strategy, and more. When the company began searching for a responsive team that could configure a VDI solution for their workforce and applications, they approached ProArch for guidance.
Solution: Move Workloads to Azure Virtual Desktop
At first, ProArch came onto the project in an advisory capacity, suggesting that Bergmann try Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). Benjamin and his team were interested, but they were concerned that moving the server into Azure might affect the performance of their most data-heavy applications.
So, ProArch conducted a AVD proof of concept (PoC) for a single team of engineers and determined the cost per user for the legacy VDI compared to the cost per user of moving to Azure. They also performed security hardening and systems acceptance testing while providing correlating documentation.
Benjamin and his team were happy with the results.
“The ROI calculations and cloud strategy plus an impressive performance from Azure Virtual Desktop and improved end-user experience all made us optimistic that Azure would work well for us,” Benjamin said. “When you add in the responsiveness of the ProArch team, we were confident with our decision to continue with the partnership.”
Bergmann brought on ProArch to perform the Azure Virtual Desktop deployment to move their environment and workloads for 150 engineering users and a small pilot group of corporate support staff to AVD. This proved to be just the beginning of several major, successful projects with ProArch.
Results: Convenience and Security in The Cloud
With ProArch as a partner, Bergmann has realized the improved security and productivity they were looking for. They are protected from system outages and machine failures while still enjoying the convenience of having end users use secure credentials on any device, no matter where they are.
Additionally, Bergmann now has:
- Cost-effective and predictable monthly operational expenditures
- Flexibility and scalability
- Graphic-intensive workloads without the need for expensive end-user equipment and machines through Azure Virtual Desktop
"We used to switch vendors every 18 to 24 months to get a different view so we wouldn’t get into a rut. After these last 18 months with ProArch, though, we’re in it for the long run for the first time. I have confidence in them to help get us through whatever comes our way."