Headquartered in Slovenia, Spica International provides user-friendly software solutions for workforce management to customers around the world. When the company needed to replace its on-premises app offering with a more scalable, flexible, and secure cloud solution, Spica chose Microsoft Azure for a better way forward. Today, its Azure-hosted Time&Space app is paving the way for clients to better manage workforces of all sizes, while enabling Spica to onboard tenfold the number of new clients each month.
Spica International is a leading software provider of human-centric workforce management solutions, aligned to the demands of the modern workplace. Over the past 30 years, the company has helped more than 3,000 customers globally to optimize, digitize, and automate their workforce management processes.
Flexible cloud-based solution
Spica aimed to improve the flexibility and security of its service offering by shifting to the cloud. “We needed a highly secure solution that would pair seamlessly with our customer relationship management system based on Microsoft Dynamics 365,” explains Tone Stanovnik, Executive Director at Spica International.
Using Microsoft Azure as the foundation for its new vision, Spica International developed its Time&Space platform, a seamless tool for time management, project time tracking and access control. The app enables Spica’s customers to improve employee efficiency and simultaneously increase their agility and safety.
“The thinking behind using Spica’s solutions is not to keep track of employees clocking in and out, but rather to track attendance, holiday leave, sick leave and remote work, and also to help properly administer payments for travel expenses,” shares Blaž Kržišnik, Sales Manager at Unija, one of the many Spica’s customers. “This allows us to process the payroll for all employees in the region with one simple click.”
A springboard for growth
After we moved to the Azure cloud platform, we saw our customer base start to expand—from 5 customers per month, by up to 50 customers per month.
Tone Stanovnik: Executive Director
Before the shift to Azure, Spica International had approximately 3,000 on-premises customers and 1.5 million daily users. “After we moved to the Azure cloud platform, we saw our customer base start to expand—from 5 customers per month, by up to 50 customers per month,” emphasizes Stanovnik.
Stanovnik sees the different ways moving to Azure helped growth. “First, it strengthened our visibility and positioning on the market. For example, we got many fresh leads from the Microsoft Azure marketplace,” he says. “Having the Microsoft Azure ISO27001 certificate for critical infrastructure platforms also added credibility to our Access Control offer. And we also have local Microsoft teams supporting us in different markets across Europe, Middle East and Asia.”
Spica International can also now seamlessly deal with spikes in demand, thanks to the ability to scale elastically. “We’ve been onboarding more—but also larger—clients, as we know we have the ability to serve them,” says Stanovnik. The ability to roll out services remotely has been another major benefit of moving to the cloud. “Before, we always had to send our team into the field for installation and maintenance. Now we do the whole end-to-end process remotely which makes the process a lot quicker and easier,” he adds.
“The infrastructure we created with Azure has proven decisive for our future as a company. We look forward to using other Microsoft solutions such as Power BI to take our business to the next level,” concludes Stanovnik.