CPI Books has 20 locations across Europe, with 17 factories across seven European countries, five of which are located in the UK.
Following successive acquisitions, CPI wanted to unify its information systems and enable seamless communication between its 17 plants, to enable better management of print demand and production capacity. Highway’s interface was created to connect the production system (ERP) for each plant. To host this portal and link the sites together, CPI needed a European operator that could take care of all its requirements through one integrated infrastructure, giving enhanced service and lowering the burden of supplier management.
Interoute provides hosting services in its Paris data centre, close to the headquarters of CPI, and has a back up solution in London, where most of the IT team of the printing group is based. The entire Highway client platform has been migrated onto Interoute’s cloud infrastructure, resulting in a substantially faster user experience for those accessing the ordering system.
CPI opted for a full Managed Services contract with Interoute, to have dedicated teams available 24-hours a day, 356-days a year offering a stable solution to its users. In addition, Interoute is migrating CPI’s sites onto its MPLS VPN network platform. CPI will benefit immediately as the migration does not interrupt service and each site is fully integrated into the new solution once live. CPI took this opportunity to review all its sites bandwidth requirements, and the move to Interoute resulted in a 50% increase in bandwidth speeds combined with a 20% reduction of the total bandwidth cost.
Anthony Morin, marketing and IT solutions director at CPI explained, ‘After studying several proposals from suppliers offering both hosting and network solutions, our choice was to go with Interoute, which was able to propose a pan-European approach with teams in France, Germany, England, Netherlands and everywhere we operate in Western Europe. Other criteria that motivated our choice included the sustainability of the company and its stable shareholding.’