Version 1 Delivers Successful Cloud Migration and Ongoing Managed Service
The customer is a state-owned electricity company operating in Ireland, having been in partnership with Version 1 for over 20 years, providing IT services across multiple disciplines.
Through a tendering process in 2016, Version 1 won a contract to provide a managed team with the Microsoft expertise to support and enhance the customer’s large SharePoint 2013 environment.
Building on a strategic partnership, Version 1 worked with the customer on several solutions which would enable them to provide a modern digital workplace where data would be stored in the cloud and provide the ability to work from anywhere instead of office-based working.
Utilising Managed Services Practice
From the outset, the customer utilised Version 1’s Managed Services practice to grow their SharePoint team which facilitates a replacement Intranet that provides information to around 8000 users daily. The management of SharePoint quickly grew into SharePoint Online, with Version 1 instrumental in developing the strategy, roadmap, and governance of this environment. With better management of the SharePoint environments, adoption and training played a key role from Version 1. Development and project work quickly became a key part of the resources role as it was evident from adoption and training that the various business units saw the potential to automate and over paper processes to SharePoint.
The traditional method of data storage was in Data Centres, which includes P drives, File Shares, Outlook, PST’s, SharePoint, and Public Folders. Office apps were also hosted on-premise. With the customer wanting to access Office apps/services through Microsoft Cloud, Version 1 was chosen to deliver this solution due to the ongoing managed service Version 1 provides for their SharePoint environments.
The project team consisted of Version 1 consultants bringing expertise in the rollout of Teams, migration of Exchange on-premise mailboxes to Exchange Online, migration of personal drives to OneDrive, and development of SharePoint sites using latest technologies like SPFx and Power Automate.
Following the successful delivery of the cloud migration, the customer was able to realise the following benefits:
- Full integration between applications enables effective collaboration and delivers an enhanced user experience.
- Lower running costs with decommissioning of servers and storage on premise
- Ability for employees to work from anywhere.
- Leveraging latest technology and improvement to business processes
- Greater scalability and performance
- Enhanced security and business continuity
- Version 1 and the customer continue to work together to achieve further business benefits through IT improvements.
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John Taylor is the Global Lead for Cloud Transformation at Version 1. He has over 30 years of experience working with technology and continual change, and has been with Version 1 for over 6 years.