June 10, 2021 By Kristin Fern Johnson 2 min read

Fruit and vegetable provider Grupo Lucas needed an ERP system that could adapt to the agri-food industry’s fluctuations. They worked with consultant Aserti to build an ERP system in the IBM Cloud.

Case study: “Nurturing nature with a cloud-native ERP

In 1970, Manuel Lucas started a small business selling homegrown fruits and vegetables from his motorcycle. Today, the seed of that business has grown into Grupo Lucas, a thriving agri-food company in Murcia, Spain, with farmland spanning 2,500 hectares. A key contributor to the company’s upward trajectory has been the adaptability of its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP system, hosted on the IBM Cloud.

The company behind that ERP system — IBM Business Partner Aserti Global Solutions, S.L. — has had ties to Grupo Lucas since 2011, when Aserti was founded. In fact, Grupo Lucas was Aserti’s first customer — more than a coincidence, as the inspiration for Aserti was rooted in its founders’ previous experience working with a technology services provider for Grupo Lucas.

During Aserti’s first year of business, it offered its ERP solution on-premises. But in 2012, Aserti had grown its client base and wanted to be able to offer its solutions and services internationally. What’s more, it became evident that its primary customer, Grupo Lucas, needed a more scalable solution — one that could support ongoing growth and accommodate the ebbs and flows inherent in the agri-food industry.

The cloud seemed to offer exactly what the two companies needed. At the time, cloud was considered risky, so strong security was essential. Aserti started looking to a scalable, reliable cloud platform on which to host its ERP solutions.

Aserti considered several solutions, but ultimately chose IBM Cloud based on the superior security the platform provides. The combination of IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers and IBM Cloud Virtual Servers offered the flexibility, scalability and ease of maintenance both Aserti and Grupo Lucas needed.

Read the full case study and learn more about how Grupo Lucas has quadrupled revenue since 2012 with the help of Aserti’s ERP solution hosted on the IBM Cloud.

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