Veikkaus has an excellent reason to smile. The gaming company’s card and online payments were transferred smoothly to an AWS cloud service maintained by Poplatek. Following the migration project, Poplatek will provide to Veikkaus centralized payment transfer services relating to online store payments and card payments made through a total of 20,400 payment terminals.
The extensive migration project was executed in a controlled manner through careful planning and phases – the most critical deployment took only three hours.
According to the Project Manager Mikko Uljas and the Head of Gaming Systems Pekka Puomio from Veikkaus, it is easy to smile at work even now, six months after the project.
Compared to a traditional data center, operating in the cloud is inexpensive and maintenance is effortless.Pekka Puomio, Head of Gaming Systems
The transfer to using new technology was in many ways a significant step for Veikkaus, and required careful preparation. According to Puomio, the AWS transfer involved the most sensitive functions of the gaming company, leaving no room for failure. The company did not want to endanger the precision of the customer service at any point.
– For us, customers are always the first priority. Our principle is to provide only the best kind of service for our customers. Therefore it was important that the quality of the services did not suffer during or after the project, Puomio summarizes the starting points of the AWS transfer.
Excellent cooperation and controlled progress ensured a successful outcome
A successful migration project was the result of careful planning and phasing. Veikkaus wanted to ensure in advance that the transactions would be transferred flexibly into the cloud, even though the servers are further away than before. An excellent process plan and careful preparation of the online environments ensured controlled transfers of production. According to Uljas, all changes were implemented in parts that could have been restored had the need arisen.
The service level provided by Poplatek exceeded our expectations. Transferring our transactions to the AWS cloud service has proven to be a very effective overall solution for us. Poplatek acted in a very professional and proactive manner throughout the project. Thanks to good cooperation, we were able to divide the project into various parts in the best possible manner.
Mikko Uljas, Project Manager
– All project phases were carefully planned with the customer. The experts of Veikkaus also had a great role in implementing the migration project, as systems and network connections were transferred in phases into the new service environment. Cooperation with the highly competent experts and management of Veikkaus was excellent and created the best possible conditions for a successful project, says Dan Forsberg who was responsible for Poplatek’s project.
All in all, the phased startup of the AWS cloud service was an operation that took several months to complete. The core functions were transferred to the cloud last. According to Puomio and Uljas, the project progressed systematically despite its long duration. Even the final deployment was done on schedule. In fact, the easiness of the overall project was astonishing.
– It was a joy to work with such skilled people. Thanks to Poplatek, the progress was straightforward, predictable, and solution-centered. During the large and most critical steps, no major surprises came up, which is very rare in projects of this scale, says Uljas.
Completing the final startup was a great moment, and what is best, it was virtually invisible to our customers. To quote Senior Vice President Timo Kiiskinen, it was amazing that no one called to report problems. We are very pleased with the result.
Pekka Puomio, Head of Gaming Systems
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