With 5 decades of experience, an annual turnover of over €140 million and more than 400 employees, BOAL is a well-established company with a strong financial base for future growth. BOAL was founded in 1970 and today is a leader in the design and production of, among other things, aluminum greenhouse cover systems for the agribusiness sector.
About 5 years ago, the management of BOAL discovered that the outdated ICT situation had to change in order to continue to meet the needs of customers. Provide fully complied with this demand. We spoke with Erwin Ronge (Group IT manager at BOAL) about how Provide Managed Services (hereinafter: Provide) has taken several ICT concerns out of BOAL’s hands.
The ICT challenges of BOAL
Whereas BOAL’s IT department used to be full of developers, today the operational part of the IT department is outsourced. Although the developers could respond quickly to employee questions, matters were rarely documented and sometimes not tested. “There were enough people, but the level of knowledge was declining,” says Erwin Ronge. To ensure the continuity of the company, BOAL therefore decided to look for a suitable partner with whom they could house their IT department.
” From the board of directors it was recognized that we could no longer continue with this approach,” says Erwin Ronge. Costs were soaring and real innovation would never occur. The industry as a whole went through a rough patch starting in 2008. Investments in infrastructure lagged behind as a result. That had to change. BOAL started looking for partners who could help with this. Provide quickly came out of the test as the strongest provider.
Erwin explains why Provide was chosen. After a very short time it was clear that Provide provides an excellent service. But that was not all. “I would dare to say that it was also the best offer in terms of price.”
“Today, the executive part of the IT department is fully outsourced”
No more worrying about ICT
Provide tackled and improved the outdated situation at BOAL. Erwin explains “the situation that existed at the time of signing had various challenges. Provide has managed to combine all solutions in one contract. After more than a year Provide offered even more solutions. Such as complete hosting in their own data center, in a hybrid way.” This choice led to the benefits that BOAL is now reaping. The management confirms that the ICT system has improved enormously since the collaboration with Provide.
More quality, clarity and security
BOAL is very satisfied with the Pay Per Use model that Provide offers. “You pay for what you use.” As fragmented as the services used to be with various suppliers, everything is now centralized at Provide. Instead of contacting 15 suppliers, BOAL now only needs to coordinate with one party for infrastructure matters.
“The lines are getting shorter, everything is becoming clearer. We have much more visibility into what is being used.” This not only provides more structure, but also works more securely.
“The service manager who sits with us, Edwin, really understands how things work. If you ask him about something, you can be sure that something is going to happen. We haven’t been disappointed once in that respect.” Says Erwin. “When it comes to the technical side of things, it’s really nice to have someone who knows your business.”
BOAL faces a number of IT challenges in the near future. He is confident that if something does happen soon, it will be solved immediately by Provide. So Erwin isn’t worried. “In a few weeks we’re going to move an entire server cabinet. That’s pretty exciting. But I haven’t had a second of stress from it.”
“The lines become shorter, everything becomes clearer. This not only provides more structure, but also works more safely.”
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