Imperia, established in Italy in 1932, sells pasta machines and other small kitchen appliances to 77 countries worldwide. Imperia merged with Italian pasta machine maker Monferrina in 2010 to form Imperia & Monferrina, producing a range of products from the small home-use pasta machine to industrial pasta makers, capable of producing 600 kg of pasta per hour.

When Imperia & Monferrina merged operations, the company needed to quickly set up a new infrastructure to help bring the two merging companies together. The IT team had to create a flexible new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that would unify the internal and external management information across the newly formed entity. Additionally, requirements dictated that the solution be reliable and efficient, and could be set up quickly and cost-effectively—all in less than six months.

Imperia & Monferrina turned to Storm Reply, an Advanced Consulting Partner member of the AWS Partner Network for help. Storm Reply recommended Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its reliability, efficiency, and cost savings, and helped put Oracle eBusiness Suite in place.

“The AWS Cloud has a reputation for being easy to use and efficient,” says Enrico Ancona, CEO and President of Imperia & Monferrina. “Once we started implementation, we realized how much we were going to save—both in time and in resources.”

Imperia & Monferrina used AWS Import/Export to set up data for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance creation and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), with Elastic Load Balancing to manage availability between different Availability Zones in Europe. The company completed the implementation in less than four months.

Once AWS was up and running at Imperia & Monferrina, it didn’t take long for the company to see savings. “We saw a dramatic decrease in IT costs,” Ancona says. “By hosting Oracle eBusiness Suite on AWS, we reduced capital expenses by 50 percent, and operating expenses by 15 percent.”

The company also saw improvements in time to market and availability. “A normal ERP project would have taken more than six months, and we completed this in under four months,” Ancona says. “Our ERP system has reached 99.95 percent availability, as well.”

Imperia & Monferrina is considering using the AWS Cloud for new projects, including Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) in multiple Availability Zones, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier for backup, and disaster recovery. “We have been astonished by the effectiveness and simplicity of the AWS Cloud,” Ancona says.

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