As one of New Zealand's leading fertiliser suppliers, Ballance Agri-Nutrients (Ballance) is a 100% farmer-owned co-operative with over 18,000 national shareholders.
The company has manufacturing plants in Whangarei, Mount Maunganui and Invercargill. It also owns an ammonia-urea manufacturing plant at Kapuni in Taranaki, and Super Air, one of the country's largest agricultural aviation (top-dressing) operators.
Niche supplier Summit Quinphos (SQ) was New Zealand's third-largest fertiliser company. It complemented Ballance‘s business with its focus on organic and environmentally sustainable fertilisers and nutrients.
Datacom has managed Ballance’s IT Infrastructure since 2007, winning the work in a competitive tender from a previous incumbent. Datacom provides both operational management and project services to Ballance and has developed strong relationship and a high level of trust at both an executive and senior management level.
Driven by strategic financial and business objectives, Ballance Agri-Nutrients acquired a 100% stake in SQ in 2008, as it aimed to gain over $2m/year in projected cost savings and other benefits. Key to achieving this ambitious objective was rolling out a rapid integration of the companies’ distinct IT infrastructures.
Therefore, Datacom had to move very quickly in the weeks that followed the announcement to merge the SQ and Ballance’s systems. Datacom’s expertise in helping clients achieve the cost, flexibility and performance advantages of streamlined business processes ensured it was able to provide an effective solution to meet requirements. This project was completed from acquisition through to the merger within three months.
Elizabeth Harper - Ballance Agri-Nutrients
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