It’s a wonderful thing to be able to get out of the office and meet customers and partners where they live and work … fantastic to put a face to a voice, and to form a friendship on the other side of the world, even better when you have an opportunity for a return visit.

And so it was when, three years after meeting Christian Almind of Atea – a Platinum Citrix Solution Advisor in Denmark – for our inaugural Innovation Award for Partners, I found myself heading back to Copenhagen with our video crew to film another Atea customer story for Summit 2017.

The trip began with a pleasant couple of days in Copenhagen, getting reacquainted with Christian and his team at Atea, doing interviews and filming their offices and employees. Because our filming schedule coincided with the start of the Advent season in Denmark, we were lucky enough to visit the Tivoli Gardens, which has a beautiful Christmas market through late November and December.

Then, we headed off to Billund, a short plane ride across Denmark to the Jutland peninsula. Billund is a small town dominated by one big company; it’s the home of Lego Group. It also has a busy airport, which was the reason for our trip. We were in town to meet Morten Thomsen, IT manager of Nordic Aviation Capital, Atea customer and Citrix user.

NAC is the world’s largest independent regional aircraft trading and leasing company, and Morten is moving to simplify and outsource the management of IT to help improve operational efficiency. He believes cloud is the answer. Working closely with Kasper Johansen, a solutions architect at Atea, Morten outlined his vision for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and the desire to move all IT management to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

The recent announcement by Microsoft and Citrix around working together to help customers make the move to the cloud as simple and easy as possible, fits squarely into Morten’s plan. And seeing firsthand the complex activity that takes place daily at NAC, from aircraft leasing and maintenance to delivering aircraft wherever they are needed to customers around the world, it’s no wonder the cloud was the perfect solution.

As always, our hosts in Denmark were friendly and accommodating, although filming in a drafty aircraft hangar in Denmark in December is not the coziest of locations. Happy to be back in tropical Fort Lauderdale, and wishing everyone Glædelig Jul.

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