Al-Zaman Trading Co. Ltd. (AJMAL)

Al-Zaman Trading Co. Ltd. (AJMAL)

 

The creation of a local and highly secured private cloud and complete interconnectivity

 

April 25, 2009

“Being  among the first companies to venture into creating a private cloud, when the whole concept is still very new and un-tried in KSA, we were supported by the positive feedback, we heard about Sahara Net. Its know-how and experience, coupled with its high standards and extensive customer base was the beginning. Sahara Net team were able to understand our needs and they partnered with us in this pioneering project,” said, Ajmal’s Sr. IT Executive, Mr. Tabrez Shaikh.

 

Customer:
AJMAL

 

Industry:
Perfumes

 

Deployment country:
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia

 

Solution:
Stepping up its delivery to its loyal customers in Saudi Arabia and around the global, Ajmal is after automating its services to increase visibility and availability to its wide network of clients, To do so and in order to ensure availability, business process automation and best service delivery for its network, Ajmal contracted Sahara Net to create, host and manage a private cloud for Ajmal in its data center. Coupled with, enabling communication and connectivity of 4 of its regional branches with the main office, though a secure and high speed internet connection. This paperless fully-automated environment will play a key role in increasing Ajmal’s market share, return on investment and accessibility to foreign markets and to new client networks.

 

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Overview

Ajmal Perfumes, for 60+ years has been in the business of crafting memories. Founded by the Late Haji Ajmal Ali in the early 1950’s, in India, Ajmal Perfumes has grown from a modest trading house into a multi-million dollar corporate entity. Today, this family-owned business, running out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is steered by the passion of the second and third-generation Ajmals, each playing a key role in the brand’s development. Ajmal stands strong as a corporate entity with a vast portfolio of over 300 of the finest and most captivating fragrances. Ajmal has established a strong retail presence with over 150 exclusive retail outlets across the GCC.


Business need:
Interconnecting all of the offices, showrooms, the factory and head office through a secured cloud where the management of the whole cloud will be under Sahara Net responsibility. Also, provide Internet connectivity for the head office and the 4 regional offices.

 

Solution:

  • Initially, Sahara Net team, Jeddah branch, had a meeting with the client together with the pre-sales engineer to better understand the client topology and know more about project plan and delivery timeline.
  • MPLS and Internet connectivity to all showrooms, regional offices, factory and head office.
  • Sahara Net connected all of the 4 regional offices, 30 showrooms, and factory in Makkah with the head office through MPLS cloud over UTP, STC DIA and ADSL mediums. We provided Internet connection in the head office where showrooms and offices can use this centralized Internet connection. Also, we have provided ADSL Internet connections in the 4 regional offices just as a backup of the MPLS UTP in the head office if for any reason it went down. As a result, the regional office, using a real IP address, will access its Internet connection through the head office Internet.

 

Benefits:

  • Business Continuity. Almost no business interruption approaching zero downtime.
  • Scalability: New showrooms and offices can be added to the MPLS cloud within almost to time. The client can use any type of connectivity in his showrooms and offices as Sahara Net is carrier-neutral ISP
  • Cost: No new network gear as each site already has a WAN router, so the initial capital outlay was to minimum.
  • Management: Sahara Net manages, monitors and maintains the network removing this headache and load from the customer IT team.

 

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Case Study

 

Customer background

Ajmal Perfumes, for 60+ years has been in the business of crafting memories. Founded by the Late Haji Ajmal Ali in the early 1950’s, in India, Ajmal Perfumes has grown from a modest trading house into a multi-million dollar corporate entity. Today, this family-owned business, running out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is steered by the passion of the second and third-generation Ajmals, each playing a key role in the brand’s development. Ajmal stands strong as a corporate entity with a vast portfolio of over 300 of the finest and most captivating fragrances. Ajmal has established a strong retail presence with over 150 exclusive retail outlets across the GCC.

 

Business challenge

We worked together with Ajmal to help in order to rise up to its world-standards, by interconnecting all of the offices, showrooms, factory and head office through a secured cloud where the management of the whole cloud was in our data Center under our responsibility. We also, provided them with internet connectivity for their head office and the 4 of their regional offices,” said Mohammad Khan– Sahara Net, Jeddah Branch Sales Executive.

 

Solution

The challenge the client was facing was wanting to migrate existing set to a new more secured facility with minimal downtime, no disruption of business at CHS and on time.

 

Sahara Net assessed the problems and planned the execution. They procured the whole environment from hardware to software and delivered a state-of-the-art turnkey solution which had the CHS online within the allotted time, in a secured environment and protected by onsite and locally available managed support services, coupled with full warranty and support provided by our Riyadh branch.

 

“Our main concerns were the security and the interconnectivity and speed of the final solution. We wanted to be able to host all of our business processes, data, and client networks on the cloud. We wanted the cloud to be private, in KSA and accessible by all the branches in KSA”, said, Ajmal’s Sr. Executive IT, Mr. Tabrez Shaikh.


Key benefits

  • Business Continuity: 
    • Almost no business interruption approaching zero downtime
    • Fewer customer service issues, improving customer’s trust
  • Performance / Scalability / Cost reduction:
    • New showrooms and offices can be added to the MPLS cloud within almost to time.
    • The client can use any type of connectivity in his showrooms and offices.
    • Sahara Net is a carrier-neutral ISP
    • No new network gear is needed, as each site already has a WAN router.
    • Initial capital outlay was to minimum.
    • Sahara Net manages monitors and maintains the network removing this headache and load from the customer’s IT team.

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Customer Care Number: 920015999