GWA Group, Ltd., has been a leading supplier of building fixtures in Australia for nearly three decades. Listed in the Australian Stock Exchange’s ASX 200 index, GWA owns and manages a portfolio of industry-leading brands (Caroma, Methven, Dorf and Clark) that are synonymous with style and quality. An international entity, GWA distributes its products throughout Australia, China, and the United Kingdom.
When GWA came to Net Solutions, some of their websites were using an outdated version of Drupal, the popular Content Management System (CMS), to update content on their various brands’ websites. Running an outdated CMS presents a number of problems, not the least of which is finding developers who can work with and support the older system.
On top of that, GWA was planning a series of innovations that included replacing their Product Information Management (PIM) system with a far more modern platform, and integrating a new system with an outdated tech stack would have proven impossible.
That’s when Sandeep Babbar, Growth Platforms Manager at GWA, came to Net Solutions. Sandeep commissioned Net Solutions to replace Drupal 7 with Drupal 8 on all their outdated websites—a project that evolved into a wider partnership once Net Solutions proved itself.
GWA needed a partner who was comfortable working with Drupal in order to have a successful migration, as an intimate knowledge of Drupal was integral to their mission. When they began their search, they struggled to find a single partner who could handle the wide variety of tasks they had planned (Drupal-based or otherwise), and they were concerned about the costs involved with managing multiple partners on different projects.
Then they found Net Solutions. Not only did Net Solutions have in-house developers and systems architects with vast knowledge of Drupal and PHP (the coding language behind Drupal)—GWA ran their Drupal sites on Acquia (an open digital experience platform for Drupal), and Net Solutions is an Acquia partner.
Beyond their technical knowledge, Net Solutions’ portfolio featured considerable experience in custom integrations for the B2B Commerce space. All these factors made Net Solutions the ideal partner for the initial task of rebuilding the Drupal sites, which paved the way for even more comprehensive work to modernize GWA’s tech stack and help them build what would become their flagship product.
The team really proved their mettle, and it raised my confidence for all future projects. Thank you to the entire development and design team!
A PIM platform helps companies manage all the information necessary to market and sell products through every conceivable distribution channel. A robust PIM is essential for a company the size of GWA, but they were operating on an outdated homegrown platform that had become unwieldy, and they needed Net Solutions’ help to modernize the system. They also had to keep the legacy system working for 20-years for compliance reasons, while migrating all that data to inRiver‚ a more modern platform.
After successfully implementing each of these successful projects, GWA felt confident that Net Solutions could handle anything they threw their way. That’s when GWA asked them to help with a key component of their new commercial water management system called Smart Command, which would become the company’s flagship product.
Smart Command is a cutting-edge solution that allows commercial venues (e.g, malls, business offices) to track water usage throughout their facilities in real-time. This Internet of Things (IoT) based solution was designed by GWA's team, who focused on the hardware component of the product. Meanwhile, Net Solutions created the software that reads all the data and displays it in meaningful ways. This component is the central reporting interface that sits on top of all the data that the IoT devices generate & send about water usage.
How did Net Solutions do it? They created a visualization front-end using Highcharts. The data was taken from the MySQL instance where IoT devices feed the usage data. The thousands of data points were synced every few minutes and processed to show highly dynamic and insightful charts on a large screen in near real time about the water usage of various products.
GWA showcased the solution at the World Plumber Conference that year in Melbourne, Australia, and it has since been featured as an example of innovative smart-office solutions.
When I demonstrated the design prototype for the IoT platform, senior leaders were blown away. The designs are amazing and much better than any international design agency I had previously worked with. They demonstrated great design thinking, taste, and simplicity.
GWA has long been a leader in their sector because their people understand the industry, their clients’ needs, and the demands of the marketplace. What they needed when they came to Net Solutions was a technical partner who could help them achieve the efficiency, flexibility, and reach that only a modern tech stack could produce. The partnership with Net Solutions made it all possible.
We were really impressed by everyone's effort to work non-stop, each day and into the night, to support us with go-live activities. A lot of Net Solutions’ team members have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and this truly helped to ensure that we would meet our goals in a timely fashion.