Introducing WISKA

With over 100 years of experience providing installation material, maritime lighting and CCTV for a global market, WISKA has become a single-source supplier for the maritime industry.  The multi-award-winning specialists, who were founded in Hamburg in 1919, pride themselves on controlling every process of the supply chain themselves.

Yet despite WISKA’s success, their outdated IT systems were stopping them from reaching their full potential

Successfully moved WISKA away from a traditional on-premise set up to a hybrid-cloud solution
Implemented a cloud-based phone system that revolutionised WISKA’s communication set up
Installed a leased line with guaranteed uptime and always-on access to business- critical systems
Introduced Office 365 to enable the team to work anywhere in the world
Increased uptime and access to fast and reliable internet speeds
Allowed WISKA to go completely paper-free
Formed a long-term partnership that’s fully committed to maximising and improving WISKA’s IT

WISKA’s challenge

WISKA were struggling with an archaic system that was failing to support increased demand, fully drive theirin-house innovation and development department, and overall uphold their customer-oriented values.  With just a few computers, the minimalistic set up also included a small, outdated on-premise business server and no domain controller.

Connectivity was equally lacklustre, with no ability to connect remotely, standard phone lines that couldn’t be monitored, and no Wi-Fi. 

“It was almost behind the times”
- Terry Boswell

Looking back at the historic tickets and notes, it’s clear that the basic system WISKA had in place was not fit for purpose.  Expanding meant adding and bolting on, resulting in a mismatch of technologies that failed to work together.  True scalability wasn’t an option, and the globally leading experts soon hit a ceiling. 

WISKA needed an easy and efficient way, not just from a productivity point of view, but from a cost perspective, to seamlessly expand without hassle. 

Aztek had the opportunity to sit down with WISKA and systematically evaluate their day to day business operations.

On a simplistic level, the point of order process involved receiving orders from customers through email, phone and occasionally fax.  After being processed through the SAP system, which is hosted in Germany, the purchase order was printed out, a pick list was created and given to the warehouse, and finally, the order was shipped out.

“The entire process was slow and cumbersome.”
- Terry Boswell

Inefficiencies and high costs were evident in both the IT and comms infrastructure, and by the way of fixed costs due to having no support contract in place.

The Solution and Results

WISKA chose Aztek as their IT partner because of their growing reputation and commitment to building long term relationships with clients.  Their effective communication, proactive mindset and forward-thinking mentality were evident right from the start.  

Following the initial consultation, WISKA quickly realised they were lacking strategic direction and were unaware of how transformative new technologies could be for their growing business.  However, they demonstrateda strong desire to invest in the right type of equipment to future-proof their business.

Aztek’s solution was to move WISKA away from a traditional on-premise set up to a hybrid-cloud solution, utilising remote services and fully developing a cloud infrastructure.  This enabled better management across all areas of the business, from communications to IT support.

Implementing Office 365 transformed the way the team worked, allowing them to communicate wherever they were in the world.  Instead of struggling to manage hundreds of phone calls every day, the advanced monitoring capabilities of a cloud-based phone system allowed WISKA to uphold their fast ring policy and overall customer service.  The extra level of detail was also used as part of their monthly management reports, allowing them to further enhance their customer satisfaction. 

“The new leased line made a world of difference to us. We now haveguaranteed uptime and business-critical access to our SAP system. We dispatched more in one month now than we did for a whole year!”
- Terry Boswell

The new leased line was a game-changer for WISKA.  Instead of the inadequate connections to Germany, they were able to enjoy super-fast, always-on access.  The leased line also ensured guaranteed uptime and business-critical access to their SAP system.  And in the rare case of a connection drop, the leased line is protected by a failover and backed by financial SLA. 

“We dispatched more in one month now than we did for a whole year”
- Terry Boswell

The wider changes Aztek implemented resulted in immediate improvements for WISKA, includinga significant increase in uptime and access to fast and reliable internet speeds.A new domain controller meant users could be properly administered, and both productivity and customer satisfaction was enhanced.

With everything stored locally, WISKA were able to go completely paper-free — a long-term commitment they continue to follow today.

From planning to implementation, the project took around six weeks to complete, and during this time Aztek and WISKA formed a strong partnership.

“After working with Aztek, we experienced a massive increase in uptime. From the server being online, to the internet being fast and reliable, we’re now able to administer users properly and gain a higher level of productivity”
- Terry Boswell

Since the project completion, WISKA has gone on to win multiple awards, such as IBA’s Supplier of the Year 2020 and Best Overall Brand at the EW Awards 2020.

Overall, Aztek has transformed WISKA’s outdated IT infrastructure by implementing cutting-edge cloud technologies, boosting productivity, reducing high support costs, and providing peace of mind, always-on connectivity.

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