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Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced that Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) headquartered in Tillamook, Oregon, has deployed an all-wireless network at its new Portland, Oregon office, the first step in standardizing on the Aruba Mobile First Platform at all of its operating locations. The new network is designed to boost employee productivity at TCCA’s offices and production facilities and also will help enhance consumer engagement at TCCA’s popular Visitors Center at The Tillamook Creamery on the Oregon coast.
Tillamook is a farmer-owned cooperative that prides itself on its commitment to making the best-tasting, highest quality dairy products, including cheese, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream and butter. Founded in 1909, the award-winning company has expanded into one of the most popular consumer dairy brands in the U.S.
As Tillamook grew, the company recognized the need to transform its technology to improve efficiencies and productivity. The opening of a new satellite Portland office, where Tillamook will host vendors, customers, and culinary and community events, served as the starting point for the entire organization’s digital transformation, which will extend to all of its locations, including its headquarters in Tillamook.
Cutting the Cord and Increasing Efficiency
After evaluating offerings from its existing networking vendors, Cisco and Aerohive, Tillamook selected Aruba to help create a mobile-first modern workplace.
“Aruba’s Mobile First Platform allows for a seamless, all-wireless office experience with new mobile communications, such as Skype for Business, for voice and video,” said Jim Trappe, IT Infrastructure Manager for Tillamook. “Aruba was the only vendor that could offer the ease of management and reliability we required, while also streamlining network access with Aruba ClearPass.”
Using the Aruba network for Skype, Tillamook has completely changed how meetings are conducted. Previous confusion with dial-in numbers, and launching presentations has been eliminated. Users can now easily join meetings anywhere in the building from their laptops and mobile devices with just one click.
Beyond the technological benefits, going all-wireless also resulted in major cost savings for Tillamook including $70,000 in wiring and $30,000 in other equipment costs just for its Portland office. Cutting the cord to phones, desktops and ancillary Ethernet ports was a significant shift in IT’s approach, but according to Mr. Trappe, the cost savings reinforced Tillamook’s decision to move to an all-wireless workplace.
Eliminating Network Downtime
With the help of Dasher Technologies, the Tillamook team deployed Aruba’s 300 series 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, 3810 switches and 7210 mobility controllers in their new Portland office. The network is managed with Aruba AirWave, powered by ArubaOS 8 software, and secured with ClearPass.
One of the key features that Tillamook is leveraging from ArubaOS 8 is its in-service update capability that minimizes network downtime. AirWave is used to capture valuable network data from ArubaOS 8 that allows Tillamook’s IT team to better understand network usage, which they can utilize to gain greater visibility into the network for future planning and to identify and quickly resolve issues. Using ClearPass, Tillamook can provide a seamless network experience to employees when they travel to different offices, so they can securely access company resources and applications to remain productive. Also, with ClearPass Guest, visitors no longer have to go through a complex registration process to securely connect to the guest network.
Extending Digital Transformation Across the Organization
After the successful deployment of their all-wireless Portland office, Tillamook will continue the company’s technological transformation in their other locations. Tillamook’s brand new 38,500 square foot Visitors Center, set to re-open on the Oregon coast in summer 2018, will also utilize Aruba’s mobile-first solutions to enable mobility for over 25,000 visitors weekly. Due to the facility size and influx of new guests visiting each day, the IT team is evaluating Aruba’s location services solutions to enable indoor turn-by-turn navigation throughout the site.
“Tillamook is in the midst of a significant technology transformation,” said Mr. Trappe. “The introduction of an all-wireless office is just the first step. Aruba’s Mobile First Platform gives us a solid foundation for adding new capabilities like location services, asset tracking and real-time data gathering in the future, while cutting costs, increasing productivity and improving our employees’ workplace today.”
About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.
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