“We wanted to move up a gear with our IT infrastructure and also continue to grow our operations into new areas”
IT Group Manager, Scenic Tours
Based in Newcastle in New South Wales, the Australian travel firm has over 300 employees as well as a range of partnerships with local, national and international travel groups and companies.
Communication between Scenic Tours’ national offices and its international stakeholders is vital to the everyday operations of the organisation.
However, relying on a single direct fibre connection between its Sydney and Newcastle offices meant that not only was the company suffering exorbitant network and communication costs but also associated issues with network delays and challenges cooling its overworked Newcastle server.
The old network also utilised a managed service provider for its firewall which resulted in major delays if any configuration changes were needed.
Scenic Tours wanted to find a network provider that could work with its internal IT team to not only minimise delays and reduce the cost of the organisation’s communication requirements, but also improve the IT infrastructure holistically to allow the company to continue to expand and grow its national and international operations.
Scenic Tours selected Vocus Communications as its telecommunications partner for its competitive pricing, round the clock support and ability to take Scenic Tours’ IT infrastructure to the next level.
Reducing costs while enhancing the network
Within 12 months of beginning work with Vocus, Scenic Tours saw a dramatic improvement in its communications network, installing an MPLS WAN which saw connection quality triple from 50Mbps to 150Mbps.
“Using the Vocus IP transit product we are also able to significantly improve configurability with the application of HA firewalls which resulted in less downtime and significantly fewer network delays for our staff.”
The partnership with Vocus also allowed Scenic Tours to continue to grow its IT and business operations including implementing new technology to enhance customer and staff experiences.
“We wanted to move up a gear with our IT infrastructure and also continue to grow our operations into new areas,” said Steve.
“Vocus worked with us to solve our network challenges and implement EG, business productivity software that supports our communications-as-a-service (CaaS) call centre and is powered by interactive intelligence. This kind of technology not only helps our staff to manage the volume of incoming calls and activity, but allows us to serve our customers and our stakeholders much more efficiently.”
“Since working with Vocus we no longer have to rely on a single direct fibre connection. We have been able to reduce network costs, improve networking reliability and eliminate our server cooling issues as Vocus also offered a co-location data centre service.”
Steve Morris, IT Group Manager, Scenic Tours.
Extending the network to the future
Since working with Vocus, Scenic Tours has also been able to alleviate some of the pressure on its small internal IT team thanks to the constant support and advice from the Vocus network consultants.
“We have a very small IT department so working with Vocus allows us to unburden our IT team and instead lean on the Vocus team for support and services. When we faced an outage due to severe storms in Sydney in April this year, Vocus was first on the phone to lend a hand and manage the issue with urgency and that’s the kind of service Vocus offers at all times.”
"(working with Vocus) we have been able to reduce network costs, improve networking reliability and eliminate our server cooling issues.."