Prior to the CodeBlue Cloud transition, EasiYo’s day to day operations were plagued by network outages. Communications between EasiYo’s plant and head office in Albany and branch offices in the UK and Australia were slow, unreliable and rapidly becoming a major impediment to the business.
EasiYo’s operations manager Sandra Sweetman says moving to a cloud computing model was clearly the way forward.
“We had a fairly antiquated system. We were faced with a major upgrade of our servers and desktop systems. We decided that burying our head in the sand was not an option and that it was better to move sooner rather than later to a cloud-based IT model.”
Providing an IT platform to support global growth was also a key driver towards the cloud, Sweetman says. “It’s not primarily about saving money. It’s about laying the right foundations for a system which can grow along with us, without soaking up management time. We’re investing in an IT infrastructure which we want to be able to take completely for granted, delivering fast, seamless and secure computing and which ‘just works’.”
Managing growth is a key issue for EasiYo – already the largest premium homemade yoghurt company in the world, with annual sales of over $35 million, more than 1 million sachets of yoghurt manufactured per month and more than 1.3 million yoghurt makers in homes globally. EasiYo chief executive Paul O’Brien says exports are rapidly reaching a tipping point: “Success in the UK encouraged us to launch in Italy recently and our recent growth in China and Korea has prompted interest from Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand. We have a natural competitive advantage because of our premium dairy products, coupled with an emerging middle class in developed countries seeking food which is high in protein and calcium and low in carbohydrates, fats and sugar.”
Already, around 75 percent of EasiYo’s production is exported. In February 2010, West Coast based dairy processor Westland Milk Products completed a 100 percent acquisition of EasiYo. This has provided the backing to enable collaborative ventures in exporting, research and development and supply chain initiatives.