ANS Help Opus to Energise Infrastructure

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Opus turbocharges infrastructure to keep pace with record growth.

Energy supplier Opus Energy has upgraded its infrastructure as it looks to offer all of its products and service digitally by 2020, a milestone in its digital vision.

The B2B energy supplier has undergone the transformation, in partnership with managed services and cloud provider ANS, at its four offices providing it with the almost unlimited scalability and flexibility of cloud computing. This will allow it to take new services to market quicker than ever before and respond more efficiently to customer needs and business demands. It also became one of the first UK businesses to rollout Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) technology optimising traffic through a hybrid WAN architecture.

Opus Energy, a supplier of electricity and gas, operates solely in the B2B market and is the largest independent supplier within this market. It has been exceeding forecasted growth meaning that the current infrastructure no longer provided the scalability needed for the 700 staff members across its four offices.

Paul Shannon, CEO of ANS Group said, “Opus Energy has been growing at a record rate and the only challenge was having the technology to keep up.  Opus Energy differentiates itself from the big six energy suppliers with an agile approach.  This investment provides Opus Energy with the ability to be reactive to changes in the market and products it offers in such a fast moving environment.”

The infrastructure project is the first step in Opus Energy’s digital strategy that it is rolling out over the next few years.

IT Director at Opus Energy, Alex Sena said, “Industries are being disrupted by what is happening in the digital world and this is about making sure we are fully prepared.  We now have a system that is completely scalable and can handle linear and non-linear growth.  This investment is a significant step up for us, it means that across our four offices we now have consistency in provision and service for all users.”

The infrastructure now allows each of Opus Energy’s offices to operate and function independently minimising any downtime and boosting disaster recovery plans.

Alex Sena explained,

“Previously our setup throughout the four offices was heavily reliant on the main office in Northampton so should we have lost that one office we would effectively have lost all four.

“The infrastructure now means we are no longer hampered by technology so our developers can bring new products to market quicker than ever before: for example this has given our developers the support and environment they need to accelerate the evolution of our customer portal with the ability to scale new products as they grow.”

Opus Energy has been listed in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 for four consecutive years and was listed position 39 in October 2014.

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