Data Center Consolidation for a F500 Payment Processing Company

Client: Merchant Payment Processing Service Provider
The client is a world leader in payment processing that recently announced a large acquisition.

The Challenge:

This global provider of payments processing services recently announced a large acquisition. Support for integration was necessary and beyond the scope of what the client’s inplace teams could provide. The announced acquisition included hundreds of millions of dollars of cost synergies, some of which would be delivered through the consolidation of technology infrastructure. Given the scope and scale of the pending integration, the client needed to leverage more experienced project management skills than they had available to address its portfolio. The client immediately sought professional services support from Eliassen Group.

The Solution:

Eliassen Group first designed an infrastructure roadmap to accommodate the consolidation of numerous US data centers, and then established defined plans (timelines, dependencies, risk mitigation, etc.) to execute the roadmap. This process included completing on-site assessments to validate infrastructure components. Ultimately, Eliassen Group was also responsible for the post-consolidation decommission of multiple data centers.

The Result:

Eliassen Group successfully led the consolidation and closure of three US data centers with zero impact on clients and customers. We also led additional phases of the infrastructure consolidation. This was a secondary initiative that resulted in the realization of significant additional financial synergies ontime and on-schedule.