With a company as diverse in its interests as Winning Group, there is a broad spectrum of challenges to overcome. Employing over one thousand people, from plumbers to graphic designers, forklift operators to software developers, in 35 locations, with distribution centres across Australia and New Zealand, it’s a mammoth task to bring all these people, brands, and logistics together.
James Murty, Head of Technology Operations, came on board a decade ago, and since then has been bringing the company’s IT systems up-to-date, unifying all brands under the same platform, and handling the complex and fast-paced turnover of employees.
“I was hired by Appliances Online, one of the subsidiaries of Winning Group. From there it was almost like a “reverse takeover” of the company, as we transferred from on-prem to the Cloud, and then started to do the same for the other brands under the umbrella.”
There have been three of four major takeovers by the Winning Group in the previous 10 years, with James overseeing those mergers. “The last time we did a really big migration was probably about eight years ago. We used a contractor who had a number of different products, some of which we kept after the migration, but their licensing model made it unattractive from a financial point of view.”
The company also acquired a number of smaller businesses, making migrations quite common. Some of the smaller acquisitions were done manually, using Google’s free migration tools, but of course, they brought their own problems. In fact, it was a Google Partner that recommended CloudM to James for their next Migration.