“Due to the strong growth of CAV Agrotheek, from 30 million turnover in 2008 to almost 60 million in 2016, there was a need for a professional IT partner.” 

“Since 2012, our applications have been running in an external data center with our previous IT partner. They managed our servers, did the maintenance and hosting, Joost de Boer (financial director at CAV Agrotheek B.V.) continues his story. “We used a second IT partner to deliver our devices. Finally, we managed the workstations and laptops on site. ” CAV Agrotheek is a leading certified wholesale company in the agricultural sector in the field of plant protection products, seeds, fertilizers, and flower bulb nets. The head office is located in Wieringerwerf and manages the branches in Hoogkarspel, Texel, Ursem and ‘t Zand. Heyboer B.V. also belongs with branches in Biddinghuizen, Zeewolde, and Espel to the company. The location in Emmen is mainly involved in the production of flower bulb nets. At CAV Agrotheek, good advice, cultivation guidance and service are of paramount importance. The personal approach is the common thread throughout the company.

CAV Agrotheek is a leading certified wholesale company in the agricultural sector in the field of plant protection products, seeds, fertilizers and flower bulb nets. The head office is located in Wieringerwerf and manages the branches in Hoogkarspel, Texel, Ursem and ‘t Zand. Heyboer B.V. also belongs with branches in Biddinghuizen, Zeewolde and Espel to the company. The location in Emmen is mainly involved in the production of flower bulb nets. At CAV Agrotheek, good advice, cultivation guidance and service are of paramount importance. The personal approach is the common thread throughout the company.

The choice for an IT partner 

“As a cooperative company, we value long-term partnerships. Trust in each other plays an important role in this. To build this confidence, we took ample time to get to know Herke ICT Group well. Factors such as pricing, continuity and flexibility of the organization supported our decision to choose Herke ICT Group. ” Total IT solution “Our employees work a lot on mobile devices. The licensing structure of Office 365 fits in perfectly with this. Initially, we asked Herke ICT Group to migrate to Office 365 and to set up a SharePoint environment. Gradually it was decided to transfer our complete IT management and the purchase of hardware to Herke ICT Group. User questions from our employees are now being dealt with more quickly so that we avoid any discussions between the various IT parties. ”

Total IT solution 

“Our employees work a lot on mobile devices. The licensing structure of Office 365 fits in perfectly with this. Initially, we asked Herke ICT Group to migrate to Office 365 and to set up a SharePoint environment. Gradually it was decided to transfer our complete IT management and the purchase of hardware to Herke ICT Group. User questions from our employees are now being dealt with more quickly so that we avoid any discussions between the various IT parties. ”

What Office 365 delivers

“Before, every laptop had its own Office license and employees stored documents locally. Given that we work in the agricultural sector and are therefore outside in wind and weather, these laptops had to endure quite a bit. With a defective laptop, that meant missing documents and missing license. By giving everyone access to our terminal server, we tried to avoid the costs for the licenses and the backup problem for a while. When our employees were on the road, they had to look up internet connections, whether or not via customers’ WiFi or their own mobile phone. In practice, quite cumbersome. With our switch to Office 365, use of OneDrive and SharePoint, this is now a thing of the past. Every field service employee now has access to his / her documents and common documents anytime, anywhere. ”

What SharePoint offers us 

“SharePoint offers our field salespeople the opportunity to share documents. The supply of agricultural supplies (crop protection, seeds, fertilizers and bulb nets) is accompanied by advice to farmers. Good advice stands or falls with the up-to-date knowledge and skills of our people in the field. SharePoint plays an important role in this. ” Benefits of outsourcing IT management “

Benefits of outsourcing IT management

“Our applications have been in a data center for quite some time. Not much has changed, only that they are now in the data center of Herke ICT Group. We have now noticed that it is easier to switch in scale and capacity when there is a need for it. Through monitoring, the performance of our network and workplaces is continuously monitored. ”

Easy switching in scale and capacities 

“The contacts with Herke ICT Group are good. The commercial people, in particular, are well able to listen to our wishes and to interact with their own organization. They also see the danger if you specifically rely on the knowledge of one person. ”

 

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