Public cloud supports Ropo Capital's growth strategy – seamless IT integrations are the key
Ropo Capital Oy aims to become the leading invoicing lifecycle provider in the Nordics and supports this strategy through business acquisitions. Enfo helps support Ropo's growth with public cloud services that facilitate the IT integrations that come with business acquisitions.
Ropo Capital is Finland's leading operator in the invoice lifecycle industry, i.e. in the automatic management of invoicing and claims. The company has grown by expanding into the international market through business acquisitions in Sweden and Norway. As both the organization and business have grown, so have IT needs. The company has migrated from data centers to high-quality cloud-based services that facilitate everyday work. Enfo has supported Ropo in their cloud transformation journey and provided an overview of what Microsoft 365 and Azure cloud capabilities have to offer.
Cloud-based services have proven their value in business acquisitions. "Seamless IT integrations are the key to the change. When we don’t need to waste time on resolving internal issues, we are able to access the market immediately after the acquisition. Enfo's expertise has turned this domino effect in our favor and given us a significant competitive advantage," says Heikki Parkkonen, IT Manager at Ropo Capital.
Seamless IT integrations are the key to the change.
Enfo has been involved in the IT integrations related to Ropo's business acquisitions from the planning phase all the way to deployment – as hardworking sparring partners ready to act fast when necessary. The staff, hardware and services of the acquired businesses have been migrated to Ropo's public cloud solutions. The device base has been brought into Ropo’s model without tasking pre-installations or logistics, and new users have been quickly introduced to the Enfo Service Desk. "Cloud-based solutions enable migrations to be completed in the span of a few months, when without them, it would take a year. In the meantime, we have been able to focus on our core business," Mr. Parkkonen says.
Advanced security for the entire organization
Public cloud services also enable advanced information security solutions tailored for companies of different sizes. Ropo first implemented the protection of endpoints and user identities. Later, they switched to a more comprehensive information security solution, the Azure Sentinel service, which includes comprehensive user, device and infrastructure security management.
Sentinel's AI does the hard work in the background and triggers security alerts about Ropo's environment. Enfo’s 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) takes care of nighttime monitoring on Ropo's behalf and handles and resolves alerts. Automation development is also a part of the service, meaning that repeated threats are blocked by automated responses.
The information security solutions have also been useful in business acquisitions – Ropo's high-standard security solution has been immediately applied to the purchased companies and their users, hardware and services. "The scalability of the information security solution is also important. We don’t want the costs to increase linearly with the number of users and monitored items, but to remain under control. In addition, the overall outlook into security issues has improved significantly. We have shifted from reactiveness to proactiveness, which is great for information security.”
Trust and foresight
As Ropo has expanded into the global market, Enfo has been supporting it in both information security solutions and cloud services, which has freed up Ropo's own resources and enabled them to focus on their core business. As growth continues, IT needs will increase, and the expanding operating range will pose additional challenges.
"Enfo has constantly raised their own bar, so our expectations towards our partners’ standards are high. We regularly benchmark our partners, and Enfo has always taken the top spot. The overall service has been exemplary: both the cloud partnership and the information security expansions have shown that Enfo is able to offer us the best solutions for our daily operations," Mr. Parkkonen says.
The overall service has been exemplary: both the cloud partnership and the information security expansions have shown that Enfo is able to offer us the best solutions for our daily operations.
Enfo and Ropo's cooperation is characterized by strong trust. "From time to time, I have asked Enfo's consultants to join meetings that are outside my own area of expertise. Enfo has the foresight to consider our benefit even in situations where, in the short term, other solutions might be better for Enfo. In the long run, we aim for a win-win situation."
Ropo Capital is the leading invoice lifecycle and financial services provider in Finland. It competes in the market as a technological pioneer, with an operating model that is based on the company's own technologies and automation. Ropo Capital employs approximately 400 financial experts in Finland, Sweden and Norway, and more than 10,000 businesses rely on the company's services every month. Approximately 170 million invoices and other documents are sent annually through Ropo Capital's service. The company aims to grow into the leading provider within the industry in the Nordics by 2023.