JoJo Maman Bébé
JoJo Maman Bébé enlisted Nasstar to act as an extension of their internal IT team. They required 24/7 assistance and escalation capabilities, in addition to storage of their business-critical ERP system
JoJo is a leading boutique mother and baby brand with 28 years of experience perfecting beautiful clothes for newborns, toddlers and children. In addition, they supply nursery products, furniture, gifts, and toys, to offer everything required from pregnancy through to pre-school. Flourishing from a humble kitchen table start-up, they’ve grown organically and now operate nearly 100 stores across the UK, Ireland and the USA, which are supported by their Head Office and Warehouse in Newport and design studio in London.
Infrastructure design and implementation
JoJo has a skilled in-house team that supports their internal IT infrastructure and approximately 900 employees. However, with a third party support contract terminated with their existing provider, they needed further end-to-end support to tackle complex and challenging issues and eliminate any risk to the business. In addition, JoJo required the design and implementation of dedicated Hosts and SAN Storage for their ERP system and core Warehouse management application, Microsoft Navision, which required modifications to ensure the infrastructure provides the required performance.
JoJo Maman Bébé now benefits from a Flexible Support offering with a dedicated escalation point, 24/7. In addition, the out-of-hours support and monitoring provide maximum availability of all services to users, whilst the pay on consumption payment plan suits JoJo’s needs. Furthermore, by providing a scalable and flexible storage solution that can cope with any operator demand for Microsoft Navision, means JoJo are safe in the knowledge that they have the reliability and efficiency they need to support their busy warehouse operations now, and in the future, as the business continues to flourish.
Jonathon Dawes, IT Manager at JoJo Maman Bébé said, “Having Nasstar's knowledge and skill set as an extension of our own team has been invaluable. It is great to know we have the expert advice and support we require 24/7 and we don’t have to worry about the day-to-day running and support of the infrastructure. Our mission is to be the leading global mother and baby brand and we’re confident we have the best technology partner to support us in this journey!”
Acting as an extension to their internal IT team, Nasstar provided a Flexible Support Service which includes a 24/7 Service Desk entity. The Service Desk acts as an escalation point for any questions or issues that arise that are unfamiliar to the internal team, require action out-of-hours, or when the internal team don’t have the bandwidth to resolve it. All of this is simply managed via the industry-leading ITSM ServiceNow platform for full visibility and seamless incident handling.
Nasstar also provided real-time, pro-active 24/7 Network Monitoring and reporting which alerts when performance thresholds are breached or when service and hardware become unresponsive. This ensures network performance is consistent, always available, and highlights areas for improvement which is critical for the successful operation of an organisation. Finally, to remain cost-effective and flexible, services are charged on a consumption basis and hours are rolled over if they remain unused. This works in harmony with the organisations fluctuating requirements which are typically seen in the retail industry.
JoJo’s business-critical warehouse and ERP system, Microsoft Navision, began suffering from poor performance which impacted user productivity and influenced poor revenue. Nasstar designed and implemented dedicated storage and hosting for their Microsoft Navision environment to guarantee an appropriate level of performance and increase the resilience of the overall Navision estate to minimise downtime. JoJo now has fault-tolerant, centralised storage that can process high volumes of data to guarantee consistent performance at all times.
At the same time, the organisation has chosen to migrate their existing Office365 licenses to Nasstar's CSP (Cloud Service Provider) Licensing for sustained continuity and escalation support should an incident occur with Microsoft Office 365 Platform. JoJo has also chosen to replace their EA (Enterprise Agreement) licensing agreement with Nasstar's SPLA (Service Provider Licensing Agreement) licensing, increasing JoJo’s licensing flexibility with monthly auditing and usage billing.