Sydney, April 27, 2016 – VMtech, a leading Hybrid Cloud Solutions Specialist and Managed Services provider, is delighted to partner with Shimano Australia in its ICT transformation journey to deliver IT agility, driving enhanced operational efficiencies across its automated distribution centre at Caringbah, Sydney. After successfully designing and implementing Shimano’s on-premises storage and network environment, VMtech today delivers fully integrated Managed Services and Hosted Disaster Recovery (DR) services to Shimano.
For Shimano, a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality cycling and fishing equipment, efficiencies through technology are critical in enabling reliable, cost-effective and timely customer order fulfilment. When Shimano Australia’s cycling and fishing businesses merged, Shimano envisioned an automated distribution centre and subsequently reassessed its IT strategy. Tim Clarke, IT Manager at Shimano Australia, realised that the merged business operations needed a high performing and reliable IT infrastructure. In addition, enhanced Disaster Recovery was a key consideration in Shimano’s IT strategy as any disruption to the automated distribution centre could adversely affect Shimano’s capability to process customer orders.
“As we looked to refresh, VMtech stood apart as a solution provider with unparalleled consulting and technical expertise. They architected and implemented a successful deployment of our new storage and virtualised environment, outlining a clear understanding of our needs,” said Tim. “VMtech was a natural choice as we later considered the viability of Managed Services for our infrastructure. The business benefits of having specialists manage and monitor our infrastructure clearly outshone the benefits of developing an internal IT team and was commercially advantageous. On similar lines, we also strengthened our disaster recovery and business continuity capability with VMtech’s fully managed, hosted DR platform which offered us a flexible, consumption billing model and saved us the headache of building our own DR environment.”
“VMtech’s Service Delivery has been spectacular – comprehensive reporting & transparent communications – they are a partner whom we can trust. With the new systems in place, our users feel more enabled, and we can see the productivity benefits that have positively impacted our business. More so, leaving the management and maintenance of our IT infrastructure to VMtech has allowed us to focus on our core business requirements and our users’ experience”, added Tim.
Richard Clark, CTO at VMtech commented, “We are seeing positive market feedback and increased momentum for our As-a-Service offerings. Our engagement to deliver DR as a Service and Managed Services to Shimano is consistent with the increasing demand for such services, and our ability to provide impressive service level agreements at a cost effective rate. The success of our partnership with Shimano reinforces the capability of our team and the relevancy of our solutions in enabling our customers’ success.”
About Shimano Australia
Shimano established activity in Australia in the early 1980’s. From a relatively unknown brand then, it has become the market leader in Australia in the Fishing & Cycling segments of the recreational sporting industry. In 2008, Shimano Inc (Japan) acquired the companies of their Australian distributors. In 2014, Shimano purchased the company of their New Zealand distributor which is now also supported from our IT infrastructure in Sydney.
In 2015, the Fishing & Cycling companies consolidated & merged in new purpose built premises & national Distribution Centre at Caringbah NSW. The merge enabled sufficient economies of scale to support investing in the latest warehouse Automation technology. Shimano has always been at the forefront of technology & captivating products & this investment will enable Shimano to realise greater efficiencies, improve speed to market capabilities & remain highly competitive in a globally competitive world. www.shimano.com.au, www.shimanofish.com.au
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