The Moritz Fiege private brewery is a traditional Bochum company that enjoys a storied 140-year history. The first sweet beer brew was mashed as far back as 1878. Today at the Bochum site, the brewery’s beers are still brewed according to traditional brewing methods and with natural ingredients. Throughout the whole process, there’s a lot of manual work and an obvious love for the product.
In order to keep its production at this high level and to satisfy its customers now and in the future, all processes need to work together seamlessly. That’s why the private brewery uses the most state-of-the-art IT. The business processes are mapped in the IT infrastructure so that all parameters area always in view, from purchasing raw materials to logistics and administration. Transparent operations and constantly current data help the family company to maintain their competitive edge in the market. To keep its IT up-to-date, the Moritz Fiege Brewery migrated to a cloud environment. Today at the company location’s location in Bochum, there is a data center with modern server infrastructure to ensure rapid adaptability to new factors in the business processes. High scalability and good manageability are critical parameters Moritz Fiege’s IT uses to set the course for the future. Together with the Bochum system house Otten and Freckmann, a company which itself looks back at a successful 40-year history, Fiege created an infrastructure where all processes are centrally hosted in the cloud. The employees access these via thin clients with an embedded operating system.
“We were faced with the challenge of updating our IT infrastructure. The control of production, customer data and other business-relevant data needed to be consolidated and structured,” says Markus Beste, IT manager at the Moritz Fiege private brewery, about the purpose of the migration. We knew that a failure of the IT system would practically bring the entire operations to a grinding halt, since the internal network structure is of vital important for the producer. So it’s critical that the central file server, as well as the production machines, be optimally protected.
Prior the migration, IT products were being used at Fiege with individual licenses. And the same went for the security solution. The requirements for the new security product were highly complex. We had to pull off the balancing act between highly universal usability and an administration that was as simple and intuitive as possible,” says Carsten Schwebel from Otten and Freckmann about the requirements profile. “There was also the additional requirement that production plants integrated into the IT be effectively protected as well.”