Regatta implements Cegid cloud technology

Regatta is migrating from on-premise infrastructure management to the cloud with Cegid’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) application.

The Manchester-based outdoor clothing retailer is aiming to future-proof the business as it continues to open new stores. It currently sells through 180 stores across 11 countries, employing over 1,400 people.

With the initial rollout of Cegid Retail Point of Sale (PoS) software to 60 stores across Europe and North America completed in 2017, Regatta wanted to move away from on-premise hosting due to the management time required when updates needed to be implemented or when downtime issues occurred.

A statement explained that a third party cloud solution was chosen to free up the Regatta IT team’s time, and deliver efficiencies across the store network.

In March, the migration to Cegid Cloud SaaS was completed. The company is also providing a mechanism to manage the infrastructure, compliance activity and necessary software updates. There is also now business-wide visibility of store inventory and customer data.

Omnichannel functionality is being planned for later in the year.

“We recognised early on the need to run one solution for many international locations, rather than having to seek out a new PoS system for each country we entered,” said Chris Bulmer, group IT director at Regatta. “With so many local currencies to deal with, tax rules and different configurations required location by location, it was essential for us to partner with a specialist retail software supplier who knows the clothing retail industry and has international reach and experience.”

He added: “Now with cloud hosting as well, we can build further agility into the business while taking the pressure off our internal teams who are busy with everyday retailing responsibilities.”

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