The Client:

Established in 1824, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is Australia’s largest integrated cattle and beef producer, and is the oldest continuously operating company in Australia. As a world leading producer of beef and agricultural products, AACo is known around the world for its family of high quality beef brands.

With a long and proud history, the AACo brand is respected for its care of over 7 million hectares of prime Australian pasture, and its passion and commitment for beef production. AACo’s vision is to be trusted globally as producers of the finest quality Australian beef.

The Challenge:

Businesses across the globe are seeing the benefits of cloud computing for business continuity, with cloud adoption increasing by the second. Enhancing the value proposition, the scalability and performance benefits are complemented by cost savings, which can be significant. Ordyss was pleased to design one such solution for AACo in support of its business continuity aims.

Then head quartered at Coronation Drive, Milton, AACo – along with many other businesses – suffered considerable business disruption at the hands of the 2011 floods. With an edict to avoid a recurrence and meet the organisation’s revised business continuity objectives, Ordyss was engaged in 2012 to design a suitable solution, and delivered what was officially our very first Office 365 implementation.

The Solution:

Following an in depth review, and in consultation with AACo’s Information Systems Manager, Ordyss designed and delivered a series of business continuity initiatives in the subsequent months, including migration of AACo’s email provision to Microsoft Office 365.

Although Ordyss had been using Office 365 in its own business, the AACo migration was the first major migration undertaken on behalf of a client; and marked the beginning of a long and successful partnership with Microsoft’s leading suite of cloud-based solutions.

The Benefits:

With all email accounts hosted in the cloud, the needs of AACo’s heavily geographically disbursed operations can continue to operate uninterrupted, regardless of local disasters and events.

The project also resulted in significant cost savings for the business. Amongst other things, a reduction in the cost of server licensing was instantly recognised, together with the cessation of a, now redundant, SPAM filtering service, resulting in immediate savings in the range of ~$26,000 per annum.

In addition to achieving the primary business continuity aims. the scalability of Office 365 has allowed the company to deploy email accounts to staff that previously had no email access (due in part to the effort and cost of deploying additional infrastructure). This has allowed the business to become more aligned in its corporate communications and has allowed all remote users to be brought into the greater business.


What the Client says:

“With such an overload of information available around cloud services, the waters were well and truly muddied and we required clarity in order to make the right decision for the business.

The team at Ordyss were not only able to provide the detailed technical guidance but also articulate the operational changes, the challenges, risks and business benefits involved with migrating to Office 365. They delivered the clear picture of the end result and how we would get there, providing the information we needed to make the right decision.

Ordyss’ technical expertise with Office 365 and effective project management delivered a very successful migration to Office 365, with zero operational disruption.

The project has delivered a range of benefits, addressing both security concerns and helping to meet the business continuity needs of our business. It has also provided significantly greater ease of access for our remote users which, in a geographically disbursed organisation, is pivotal.

I’d definitely recommend the team at Ordyss to provide the management, administration and technical expertise required to successfully move to Office 365 or other cloud-based solutions.”

Michael Croft, (Former) Manager Information Systems – Australian Agricultural Company Limited