• Bega Cheese CIO Zack Chisholm.
    Bega Cheese CIO Zack Chisholm.

Cloud software specialist Infor has awarded Bega Cheese CIO Zack Chisholm the inaugural APAC CIO of the Year at its annual customer excellent awards.

Infor ANZ managing director Jarrod Kinchington congratulated Chisholm on his win, and said he was thrilled that Infor was supporting Bega to optimise its supply chain.

For Chisholm, the award was recognition of the company’s effort to transform its technology landscape to support business growth as well as lay the foundations to be able to better compete on the world stage.

Chisholm said: “We knew we needed to be able to implement change quickly and stay on the most current versions of Infor’s systems. Technology plays a critical role in keeping us agile as the business grows.”

Bega implemented Infor’s Testing as a Service (TaaS) cloud solution, which meant it could access the latest technology and minimise risks. Chisholm sait the company knew that if it was to release changes quickly, it needed a robust and effective way to test across the system, especially integrations and extensions.  

Infor’s CloudSuite Food & Beverage has allowed Bega to further optimise a range of processes across the supply chain, finance and operations. By using the TaaS solution, Bega has more certainty with its results by minimising disruptions to production, Chisholm said.

“Infor has been a key partner in our journey to the cloud and in order to keep pace and manage some of the challenges we have faced this year with natural disasters such as drought, bushfires and now the pandemic the team have been working hard to achieve the pace of change we need to support the business.

“We have hit many milestones together with Infor, and one highlight has been our ability now to script and automate our testing end to end and increase our pace of change. Testing our environment now takes 16 hours, down from 450 hours in the pre-Infor, manual days. This vast improvement has been a real enabler for rapid change in the business,” he said.

Kinchington said: “The Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage solution is built specifically for the F&B sector. Its comprehensive system architecture has enabled Bega to accelerate its global supply chain and bring products to market faster.

“Bega knows that technology plays a critical role in keeping them agile as it continues to grow, and we’re so proud to help Zack and his team deliver stellar results during and beyond their transformation journey.”

A panel of Infor solution and industry experts evaluated each applicant on scope and depth of performance improvement, quantifiable business benefits, customer focus and satisfaction, and technology use and innovation.

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