Applegreen partners with Auxilion
Dublin and London, Wednesday, 26th April, 2017: Applegreen plc (ESM-APGN), Ireland’s publicly quoted petrol forecourt retailer, with sites in the UK and US, is implementing a major IT transformation programme with Irish owned cloud computing specialist Auxilion. The cloud based investment of €500,000 has facilitated the move from legacy IT systems across over 200+ global sites and will support the company’s expansion internationally.
Applegreen, which reported revenues of €1.17 billion in 2016, has grown from 64 sites at the end of 2009, to 243 forecourt sites across the UK, Ireland and the USA by the end of 2016.
“Exceptional growth rates had placed strains on our existing on-premise technology. The need to rapidly incorporate new sites and scale seamlessly with maximum reliability led to a major review of our IT infrastructure in 2015,” commented Vincent Nolan, Group Head of Information Technology at Applegreen plc.
“It is business critical to ensure resilience, stability and scalability when your operations run on a 24/7 basis. Implementing such a major transformation programme without downtime is like trying to change the tyres on a Ferrari without a pit stop.”
“This was a huge task for the business. It was vital to find a partner like Auxilion that we could trust to provide us with strong Microsoft hosting, SaaS and project management skills, as well as 24×7 support.”
Working with cloud specialist Auxilion, which operates support centres in Ireland and the UK, Applegreen decided to implement a Microsoft Azure cloud computing solution which fits the three major requirements – resilience, stability and scalability.
“We had embarked on a significant IT transformation program over the last 24 months which has been delivered in partnership with our suppliers including Auxilion,” added Nolan who has formerly managed IT transformation programmes for Dunnes Stores, Musgrave and Smyths Toys.
He added, “This was a huge task for the business. It was vital to find a partner like Auxilion that we could trust to provide us with strong Microsoft hosting, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and project management skills, as well as 24×7 support.”
“In addition to meeting the key project requirements, the Azure cloud solution is an Opex rather than Capex model, so it also frees up valuable capital to help Applegreen fund future expansion,” commented Paul Schmitz, chief sales officer, Auxilion. “New sites can be now be added quickly and seamlessly and updates managed centrally with the elimination of costly downtime and upfront investment.”