Bavaria NV is a family-owned Dutch company in the beer and beverage industry. The firm is a leading brewery in the Netherlands and a leading producer of malt in Europe. Bavaria has subsidiaries in France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom and employs 1,000 people. No fewer than 120 countries enjoy beer brewed by Bavaria.
The visual experience of our customers has become increasingly important and the number of channels we are feeding with rich content grew strongly. Also trends such as more product variants and shorter product life cycles resulted in a substantial growth of digital media stocks.
Bavaria's brand portal
The support of an increasing number of channels and product variations led to a significant growth in the number of digital assets. This posed much higher efficiency requirements on the marketing processes. However, the existing environment offered no workflow capabilities and had no localization tool, resulting in high traffic and cumbersome processes. Issues were the delayed time to market, as well as a lack of brand control in the countries.
Bavaria decided to invest in a modern, integrated environment for DAM and localization, supporting its brand portal based on the Web CMS Plone. The new environment should improve marketing support to the various countries, making marketing materials available to employees and external partners 24/7.
To select the most appropriate DAM system, the team at Bavaria ran an extensive evaluation process. Following the best-of-breed approach, WoodWing's partner Graphit proposed WoodWing's digital asset management system and, for localizations, the online editor 2imagine. Taking the capabilities and advantages of the evaluated solutions in account, Bavaria finally opted for Graphit's offer.
The WoodWing Assets (former Elvis DAM) brand portal enabled Bavaria to shorten time-to-market significantly as well as to control its corporate design much better worldwide.
WoodWing Assets is integrated with 2imagine, a solution to create, edit, correct and localize native Adobe InDesign and Illustrator documents online in a browser. Workflow controls drive the collaboration and production process. Bavaria’s design agency created the design of the brand portal, and the company´s web CMS integration partner configured the brand portal for the Web CMS Plone used by Bavaria. All key users were trained by Graphit in a train-the-trainer model.
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