Wins with good ICT
"Good ICT solutions are one of several success factors for Swix Sport AS," confirms IT Manager Petter Vike.
Swix products are one of few Norwegian industrial products that can be found in stores around the world, in locations where there are winter conditions and snow. The company's head office is in Lillehammer, Norway, and it has subsidiaries in the USA, Japan and Germany. It goes without saying that Swix Sport AS is dependent upon stable computer access and good logistics and financial management tools. As early as 1994, the company decided to enter into collaboration with EVRY.
"Outsourcing was vital for us if we were to achieve stable and secure operations, so that we could focus fully on manufacturing and delivering excellent sporting equipment," says Petter Vike.
There is hardly a Norwegian who has not bought ski wax, a cap or other sports equipment that does not hold the Swix logo. Few think about what the company has done to get so famous.
Outsourcing secures stable operations
The contract started small, but was expanded in pace with Swix Sport AS needing more and more servers and more advanced equipment. Now, nearly all computer equipment and most solutions are operated by EVRY.
"We have grown, and the world of computers has become more complex. 10 years ago we only had three servers. Now, we have more than 20! On the way, we have had to outsource in order to maintain stable and secure operations, managed by people with expertise in the field," Petter Vike sums up.
New and better solution
To begin with, Swix Sport AS had its servers in-house. The company chose, however, to move them to EVRY's cavern in Gjøvik in 2011.
"We came to a point where the equipment began to be old. It was expensive to run, and had to be updated regularly. Instead of keeping the old solution, we chose to rent computing power from EVRY. By renting new technology that was cheaper to run, we get a better solution at around the same cost, states Petter Vike.
At the same time he points out the new solution provides greater data security and improved uptimes.
"With the support of EVRY, I can concentrate on giving my colleagues the best possible computer day on a daily basis. That is how to create satisfied users," Petter Vike smiles.
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