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Ministry of Cake

Ministry of Cake

Ministry of Cake are an award winning company with 150 years’ experience in the manufacturing of high quality desserts. They produce over a million slices of cake a week for their customers in the foodservice, catering and wholesale industries.

Ministry of Cake continue to win significant new business, having more than doubled in size over the past four years. Their customers include Caffe Nero, TGI Fridays, Hard Rock Cafe and Makro.

The challenge

In May 2014 Ministry of Cake bought themselves out of the Greencore Group and are now an independent company again. The IT for Ministry of Cake was all provided via the Greencore group, the move away from being part of this group provided the challenge of splitting out the IT infrastructure. This involved appointing an IT partner to undertake the implementation of a new system and a large scale migration. In addition all aspects of the solution had to be delivered within a four month period, with no downtime and limited disruption to business operations.

The solution

The first part of the solution was to implement connectivity between the two Ministry of Cake sites. It was decided that an MPLS solution would provide a secure and robust solution allowing all the key IT infrastructure to be located at the primary site, while being accessible over a high speed connection from the second site.

The second phase was to migrate away from a legacy email platform called Lotus Domino to Microsoft Exchange 2013. This was a large scale email platform migration between two very different email platforms which brought with it some extra challenges.

The results

The migration was completed on time with virtually no disruption to the business. The system has now been in place since 2014 and has provided an effective and reliable platform for running the key business systems.

The benefits

  • Robust high speed connectivity
  • Reliable infrastructure platform based on core Microsoft technologies
  • All backed by a highly skilled support team.

Testimonial

“One of the first challenges that Ministry of Cake faced after leaving Greencore was the provision of IT services. We undertook a lengthy search before selecting Enhanced as our favoured partner – the key reason being that they understood our business and the challenges ahead. The implementation of the system changes was handled extremely professionally. Enhanced undertook a very professional approach to the task with a detailed implementation plan. Due to the groundwork being put into the plan the changes were executed flawlessly. Enhanced continue to be a valued partner to Ministry of Cake.”

Jeremy French, Finance Director

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