Established in 1971, tyre-fitting group Kwik-Fit which has the largest network of tyre-fitting centres in Europe, with 1,218 outlets across the UK, France and Holland, was sold to Japanese trading company Itochu for £637m. Itochu already owns Stapletons Tyre Services, a retailer and wholesaler, and sought to make synergies through owning the two businesses, brought under the subsidiary European Tyre Enterprise Ltd. As part of this business consolidation, FarrPoint were tasked with reviewing the current IT infrastructure, its security and resilience, support and management and identifying options in line with the proposed strategic architecture and service model, to reduce infrastructure capex and opex costs.
FarrPoint worked closely with the internal teams in ETEL to complete a structured methodology encompassing Project Initiation, Discovery Phase, Analysis Phase, Review Phase and Reporting Phase. An analysis was performed to establish the current network design, configuration, resilience, security, performance and support aspects of the infrastructure. The information gathered during the Discovery and Analysis phase informed a comprehensive review of the network and hardware infrastructure in response to the business key objectives. FarrPoint provided a recommended strategic architecture and high-level roadmap for implementation which highlighted potential areas for improvement and consolidation and cost reduction.
FarrPoint's support to ETEL provided a recommended architecture that will consolidate network services and suppliers. improve network management, provide optimal maintenance and support, and enhance security and resilience. Cost optimisation opportunities and recommendations for an optimal network structure were also identified along with a roadmap for implementation of the recommended system architecture. As a result of this work, FarrPoint were retained as advisers through implementation of the proposed infrastructure.