Management consultancy firm transforms legacy IT estate with a ‘Microsoft-first’ approach
Consultancy, Professional Services
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At a glance
Deployed and configured Microsoft’s Azure and M365-based Security stack
Legacy software was on-premise and not remote-enabled or secure
Resilient and remote-work enabled IT infrastructure
Cambridge Econometrics was using an on-premises IT architecture, and it wanted to modernise by moving to a secure cloud environment. The solution would also need to enable users to work remotely and allow its multiple offices to collaborate efficiently across time zones. Legacy systems, such as Lotus Notes, were not cloud synchronised and telephony was not cloud enabled.
Lotus Notes was replaced by Microsoft 365, providing significantly more email storage and improving search and synchronisation capabilities.
The on-premises server was migrated to Microsoft Azure cloud to allow remote access. SharePoint Online and OneDrive were also rolled out to provide shared document storage and remote access. In addition, Business Voice and Teams were set up to give users access to enhanced telephony, instant messaging, and team collaboration channels.
Security and resilience was critical, so the security features of Azure and Microsoft 365 were configured to include activation of user multi-factor authentication (MFA) to protect against possible breaches. Softwerx also ensured that Econometrics makes regular backups using Microsoft Azure Cloud Backup, and configured site recovery to a second secure zone as a failover in the event of a major power outage.
The productivity boost, mobility and added security from the cloud migration has had a measurable impact.
The secure, remotely capabilities of the system means that all users could continue to work from home in a smooth transition.
Cambridge Econometrics is now a more secure, integrated and fully cloud-enabled company across their international offices.
The client benefitted from the rollout of a highly secure, integrated, cloud-based system that leverages Microsoft best practice to meet its complex business requirements. Because security was a priority for Cambridge Econometrics, Softwerx ensured the highest standards of a ‘Microsoft-first’ security implementation across the entire system architecture. Single sign-on via Microsoft Entra enables a single portal to manage identity access, thus facilitating a Zero Trust security architecture.
This allowed the company to transition to predominantly remote and at-home work in response to recent COVID-19 restrictions. The client runs multiple offices and the deployment also helped boost international collaboration. By using a cloud-based approach, employees can now share files from anywhere, allowing real-time collaboration on documents. Email lag times have also been reduced by switching to Teams, speeding up turnaround times on projects. Cambridge Econometrics is now a fully cloud-enabled and cloud-secure company.
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