Logistics moves fast and relies on seamless data transfer to do so. Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, faced with an accelerating marketplace, needed to modernize its data center to stay ahead of the curve and become more agile.
South African Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL), part of the Bidvest group, employs around 1,400 people and is a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions. This includes global air, ocean, warehousing, road transport and customs broking in most major industries. Over a century old, the company is at the cutting edge of one of the world’s most dynamic industries. And dynamic goes hand in hand with competitive.
BPL’s aging data infrastructure was struggling to keep up with the demands of a growing industry. Faced with an accelerating marketplace, the company felt the time was ripe to transition to the cloud. Also, as Bidvest’s chief IT innovators, Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was undertaking a dual role in piloting a transition approach for the rest of the group.
The need to update was clear to IT operations and infrastructure manager Morne Visser. “We started running into performance issues, and we actually had to make a decision at that time if we should invest in a new solution that we host on premise or if we should go with the cloud option.”
Azure Migration, Agile move to the cloud
Bidvest Panalpina Logistics
WHAT WE DID
Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, Azure StorSimple, Office 365, Operations Management Suite, SharePoint
The move has sparked a complete culture change at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, with a newly empowered workforce able to take on more challenges than ever.
““The company culture actually changed. Now everyone asks if projects are going to be cloud based.””AnonymousIT Manager
Looking to the Future
Looking to the future, BPL wants to complete the rollout to a fully cloud-based approach. Morne notes that “as we started implementing services in Azure, we realized there were more services we could make use of.” This has led to a commitment to shift other services like SQL and data warehousing to the cloud as well.
According to Morne, “the ongoing support and innovation from Microsoft” will be playing a large part in BPL’s plans for future technology decisions.