Van de Velde creates, produces and commercialises luxurious women’s lingerie under its own brand names. Van de Velde is originally a Belgian company, and all key activities are managed from Belgium: design and product development, production of prototypes and fitting models, purchase (mainly European raw materials), quality control of incoming material, cutting the fabric, final inspection, administration, distribution and sales and marketing.
Van de Velde has grown strongly through the years, partly because of a number of acquisitions. Because of this growth, the IT landscape became complex, proportional to the growth of a number of applications to support the different business processes.
In addition, Van de Velde has resolutely opted for a digitisation of the organisation.
The competitive market in which Van de Velde moves requires them to adopt a more flexible architecture, one that can facilitate and support the rapid changes in business processes in a simple, accurate and fast way.
From this point of view, Van de Velde experienced some challenges with regard to integration of data and applications. Their current solutions are seen as too expensive, too complex, functionally inadequate and not flexible enough.
In this context Van de Velde asked us to analyse these challenges and propose a future-proof solution.
It was recommended and decided to perform an ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) tool to check the technological capabilities against the business and technology needs of Van de Velde.
The question was addressed in a pragmatic and phased manner. Interactive workshops were used to exchange information, which led to several adjustments based on the insights gained in these discussions.
- Establish and refine the selection framework based on the specific context and strategy of Van de Velde
- Selection of the ESB platform
- Performing a pilot
The practical approach for this selection was based on the constraints posed by Van de Velde and the deep expertise and experience of our employees (LoQutus ESB Selection Framework). Both open source and proprietary ESB’s were taken into consideration. The result of this study led initially to a short list of three integration platforms. Important components/factors of the study:
- Long term business and IT requirements
- Selection criteria and weighting
After the selection of the right solution, a successful Proof of Concept was realised.
The entire selection process was carried out to the satisfaction of Van de Velde. The client was closely managed during the selection process and definition of the ESB context as well as the design and implementation of the selection process.
Moreover, because of these powerful interactions, knowledge about the integration architecture, vision and solutions were transferred to the employees of Van de Velde.
During the next phase of the project, LoQutus will assist with training and coaching as the chosen integration solution is implemented.
Van de Velde now has the right integration architecture to address various challenges with regard to business process changes, acquisitions, and the further digitisation in a very efficient way.