Alcopa is a Belgium-based investment firm specializing in automotive and motorcycle import, distribution and retail. Today, the business employs over 2,300 employees across more than 19 countries, and comprises more than 90 individual companies.
As part of its role within Europe’s automotive industry, Alcopa is responsible for storing technical information on hundreds of vehicles for long periods of time – often for as long as that vehicle is out on the road. In conjunction with several thousand internal and external collaborators, Alcopa IT required a more cost-effective and flexible content management solution to replace its on-premises Network File Systems. They chose Box.
“We needed an affordable means to store a significant amount of content for long periods of time, as well as a platform that could accommodate the external collaborators that we do not manage in our active directory,” said Stijn Stabel, Head of Architecture and Innovation at Alcopa. “We have more than 600 internal users as well as anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 across our dealerships that need to be able to store and share documents easily. Our existing network storage is under-scaled to deliver that level of service.”
Uploading 20 terabytes of active content to Box was no simple task. “All of our data is changing on a daily basis,” Stabel said. “We had to first upload the content, but also keep it in sync with our on-premises data until we trained our users and could finally break the connection to our Network File Systems.”