Forever Cheese Overhauls Its Technology Environment with Resultant
Forever Cheese was founded in 1998 with a focus on importing the highest quality cheese and accompaniments from the Mediterranean. Over 25 years, the business grew larger than its founders had expected, and its IT environment lagged. After a leadership transition in 2021, the business brought in Resultant as the IT managed services partner who’d help them achieve the IT modernization it needed to catch up to its growth.
Forever Cheese needed to modernize its IT environment without in-house IT personnel and some significant challenges:
Its current state of affairs impeded Forever Cheese’s growth plans and exposed it to unplanned business disruption.
Clear, steady communication and careful change management from the start made the process happen not just quickly but smoothly.
"The changes Resultant implemented have led to increased productivity and collaboration in different work environments and more fluid communication. They have helped build culture and community," said Eric Vorchheimer, CFO at Forever Cheese.
About the Client
Since 1998, Forever Cheese has existed to share the finest artisanal Mediterranean products, focusing on cheeses and specialty foods from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Croatia.
The client needed big improvements fast—with minimal disruption—and it needed them to scale through planned expansion. And, to really keep things interesting, Forever Cheese was about to start an ERP migration and move to a new office space.
Our team conducted a technology assessment and met with the CFO and other department heads several times a week during the first month of our engagement to develop a technology roadmap that would align with their business goals.
Change management is always a big part of any engagement and especially here, where longstanding employees and a major technology upgrade were part of the equation, it became doubly important.
Forever Cheese now maintains a modern, flexible, and secure technology environment that enables better reporting and supports remote work. We helped them move to a serverless environment using Intune, SharePoint, and Microsoft 365, with security solutions from Barracuda and Trend Micro.
“Our cybersecurity upgrades have been massive,” said Eric Vorchheimer, CFO for Forever Cheese. “We are now best in class, which has provided lot of comfort. Our upgrades enabled us to support an acquisition and growth from 37 employees to 55—and every employee can hit the ground running with our new-hire processes in place.”
With a secure, strong technology environment in place, Forever Cheese employees can access what they need remotely—and without creating a security threat—and the company has what it needs to really grow its data maturity. A PowerBI project was recently completed, and a warehouse management system that will eradicate time-consuming manual processes is upcoming.
Forever Cheese is functioning securely and smoothly from its new offices—and from several countries at once—with the unexpected benefit of building the company culture.