Nutreco: Animal nutrition leader relies on AT&T Edge-to-Edge technologies

In Brief

About Nutreco

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Nutreco is an international leader in animal nutrition and aquafeed. The company’s advanced solutions support livestock farming and aquaculture that are at the origin of food for millions of consumers worldwide. Its two global company brands, Skretting and Trouw Nutrition, sell products in more than 200 countries.

Industry Focus

Animal nutrition

Size

Staff of 11,000 working in 35 countries

The situation

Nutreco has become a worldwide force in its industry by growing organically and through acquisition. Integrating new locations into its global network had been difficult in some cases. The nature of the animal feed industry means that many of Nutreco’s locations are in rural areas where connectivity can be a problem. Nutreco needed a network that could more easily serve its existing locations and support future growth.

Sharing knowledge with colleagues across the globe

Thijn Moons, Nutreco Domain Manager of Network Services, Collaboration, and Knowledge Sharing, attributes the corporation’s steady growth to producing good feed, investing heavily in research and development, and listening to customers.

Managing the networks of a massive corporation is challenging enough, but Moons’ position also requires him to facilitate employee collaboration. “I’m responsible for the way we work together within Nutreco and how we share knowledge,” he said.

Nutreco was already a customer using AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, so company officials asked their account team for help in expanding their network. “We have a very open and honest relationship and have almost constant discussions on how we can improve things and what techniques we can use to optimize our network service,” Moons said.

Installing network functions with two clicks

AT&T recommended augmenting the company’s VPN with AT&T FlexWare, a platform that simplifies the delivery and deployment of software-based network functions for Nutreco’s 200 locations across Asia, North America, Europe, and Latin America. FlexWare virtualizes functions that traditionally have been performed by purpose-built equipment like firewalls and routers. “We saw the potential of having those types of services embedded in our network, and so it was logical to go that route,” Moons said. AT&T also provides Nutreco with a network monitoring solution that includes application monitoring.

Moons expects the network to minimize the amount of hardware the company has to ship to local sites. “And instead of buying hardware, we now can just install a function with two clicks of a button,” he said. “That gives us the flexibility that we need.” This will help Nutreco adapt and upgrade functions as the company grows and its needs evolve — all with a lower total cost of ownership.

An AT&T operational team looks after Nutreco’s interests, answering any questions and providing monthly reports. Nutreco’s CIO and other top officials meet quarterly with AT&T executives to discuss any challenges, plan for the future and ensure that business objectives are aligned, Moons said, a process that works well for the company. “In fact, the account model that we have established over the last couple of years with AT&T is actually seen within Nutreco as a role model of how we should work and interact with all our partners,” he said. “AT&T is a global, well performing, reliable solutions provider for Nutreco.”

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