Riyadh, January 2013: Since Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company (SPMC) began operations in 1992; it has grown to be the largest manufacturer of jumbo tissue rolls in the Middle East. Expansion has resulted in SPMC having a mix of businesses involved in waste paper collection and processing, jumbo roll production and converting, and trading, in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, with more expansion planned.
Today, SPMC is an organization with more than 1800 employees and following the decision to centralize IT, appointed a group IT manager, Fahed Al-Farah, to establish an IT strategy integrating its diverse international operations. Integration was also intended to provide the basic structure to which SPMC could add an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the more effective management of all SPMC’s business processes from a central location.
“After exploring various options, we began to think of a virtual approach to IT and decided that a private cloud could be the best solution.” said Al-Farah. “We called in Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) to discuss our needs and they recommended a private cloud that provided the integration without major spending on hardware and provided the basis for a new centralized infrastructure to boost group operations.
“Just the idea of seeing the whole infrastructure from a single point of view from a single window with automated services; that’s a great tool for an administrator and a wonderful solution from Microsoft. You don’t need to think about infrastructure complications. You don’t need to think about licensing complications. You don’t need to think about many things that we used to do in the past. Now I am a private cloud convert. It’s definitely the right thing to have for the future.”
The resulting private cloud has given SPMC services a centralized infrastructure, providing mail, portal, terminal and many other IT services which are reliable, secure and perform with high efficiency. Moreover, in support, MCS conducted a three-day workshop that enabled SPMC to better understand private clouds and the technology involved.
Adding his comments, Samir Noman, president of Microsoft Arabia, said: “We delighted that SPMC opted for a Microsoft private cloud as the most efficient and cost-effective solution. We are deeply committed to supporting Saudi Arabia’s economic growth and development by putting Microsoft’s unrivalled global expertise at the service the public and private sectors, and are currently focused on making cloud hosting the way to go for the future of IT in the Kingdom.”