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D’Aquino Group Of Companies

"The solution was “very much about minimising the risk, which it has done.”

Andrew Windiate - Operations Manager

THE CLIENT

The D’Aquino Group of Companies is diverse, with interests across the alcoholic beverage sectors, including winemaking, contract winemaking, bottling, distilling, wholesale, export and import. The company has a vineyard with a restaurant and function facility, along with seven retail outlets throughout country NSW, while its head office and main warehouse are in Orange (NSW), with other offices and extensive wholesale distribution facilities in Brisbane and Sydney.

“We had a meeting with them last year to look at how things had gone in the first two years. Our finance team had a budget to redevelop and go to the next level. Viatek came back to us with a budget and said ‘this is where we can take you to’. We’re literally now above and beyond where we wanted to go IT wise – and we’re still sitting with the same original budget. That’s just one reason we’re glad we went down this road with them.”

"Our system is now set up to the point that if a communication line is dug out of the ground, our stores will continue to run. Viatek are the ones that helped us set that up.”

Andrew Windiate | Operations Manager,

THE CHALLENGE

As a small family business, the Operations Manager took on the IT role several years ago. While the initial system created to connect the different sites worked, further expansion meant the system had become too slow and the business’s overall IT needs were beyond the manager’s time resources and capabilities.

The Group’s rapid expansion over the past few years culminated in several IT needs:

  • I mproving the performance of business-critical systems, such as the ERP system
  • Minimising the risk of downtime to business-critical systems
  • Minimising the threat of business continuity (reliable backups needed in place)
  • Building a stable foundation for continuing growth and other IT projects
  • Creating and implementing a disaster recovery plan

D’aquino Group’s new IT environment has resulted in the business being vastly more efficient.

The D’Aquino Group of Companies needed a comprehensive data network-management system that would firstly align with current business needs and allow all sites to communicate properly, and then crucially allow the overall business to continue its rapid expansion. With most sites operational seven days a week, they needed suitable help-desk availability. They also needed the capability for staff to move between sites and log-on remotely.

The Group also wanted a supplier to work in partnership with them over the long-term.

THE SOLUTION

After comprehensive research to find the right supplier, the D’Aquino Group chose Viatek Technology in mid 2015 for three reasons:

  • Viatek’s approach in offering a solution
  • Help-desk availability 24/7
  • D’Aquino Group’s existing relationship with Viatek Print

Operations Manager Andrew Windiate says, “When we very first sat down with Viatek Technology we told them what we wanted to do but needed guidance because we were not sure how to do it. Their response wasn’t a case of ‘here it is, this is what we sell’; they gave us the options they thought would be better suited – but didn’t tie us into a corner. They also explained the reasons why they made those suggestions and they made sure we understood what they were talking about. So while we had their recommendations, it was still our choice.”

"The other reason we went with Viatek Technology is because we use Viatek Print for our print solutions, so it’s a complete service scenario. We can just ring up Viatek Central West if there’s a problem. They also send new toner when the system’s ordered it, and sure enough, not long afterwards you need to change the machines. “It’s good, so that’s why we went this way.”

Andrew Windiate - Operations Manager

Viatek’s recommended and implemented solution includes:

  • Migrating the existing environment to new HP Enterprise
  • Generation 10 Servers and SSD Enhanced SANs for enhanced security, resilience and performance at an economical cost
  • Provided a platform that enabled the business to be agile and cope with change as the market demands
  • Maximise investments by re-using existing infrastructure for a DR solution while keeping budget constraints in mind
  • Provisioned a Private WAN which enabled the Private Cloud DR solution to work between the customer’s datacentres

THE RESULT

D’Aquino Group’s new IT environment has resulted in the business being “vastly more efficient and productive with everything being centralised”.

Improved access and mobility – Connection right across the Group has also improved staff mobility.

"“ Before we went down this road, our administration department was in one little area because we didn’t have the IT systems to be able to put people live in our ERP system remotely. Now our business has a finance division in Sydney with secondary admin staff of accounts payable and receivable in other locations, plus we have administration people in different businesses spread regionally. They all now talk to one central location.”

Andrew Windiate - Operations Manager

“The other advantage is we can move those people around anywhere. So if we want to move a task to, say, Sydney, we can. They log in and they’re off working. It also means if I’m travelling, and I’m the only one that can answer a question, I have full access to our systems. That goes for all staff: it doesn’t matter where we are on the planet.”

 

Disaster recovery
Along with the new DR plan, the new DR centre means that if the Group loses its main data centre (which is also its own), within hours all staff can be back, continuing work.

Assistance
The 24/7 help desk has also proven very important. Andrew says, “With Viatek’s after-hours service, my staff can contact them anytime if there’s an issue, Viatek do whatever they need, and my staff can continue to do their job. That’s really vital because we’re a seven days-a-week operation – the liquor stores, restaurant, cellar door …everything is seven days a week sales.”

Installation was “very easy”. “Things can have teething problems, but Viatek will work through any teething problems with you. I have not only their call desk, but I have an account manager and a project manager. I can ring any of them at any time and ‘say this isn’t working’, and they’re straight onto it.”

Risk minimisation

"The solution was very much about minimising the risk, which it has done. Because we need to be able to makes sales seven days a week, we need to be online seven days a week. So we need to be in a situation where if anything fails, staff can pick something else up, log back in and still get all of their information – without waiting for anybody to turn up to fix something.”

Andrew Windiate - Operations Manager

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