Company: Ensign Pensions
Sector: Executive Services
The Mission – Migrate Ensign to Digitize, utilizing the Microsoft Cloud
Ensign Pensions were part of a larger organization and wanted to separate their IT infrastructure to establish themselves as an independent business. The main functions they needed to move off the infrastructure, to a new one, included data, email and applications. With specific interest in Office365 as a potential solution, Ensign had received emails from TechQuarters and researched us on the internet, before applying to attend one of our seminars to learn more. Ensign then engaged with TechQuarters on a one to one basis and decided that a move to Microsoft Cloud was the right solution for their needs.
What did we do
During the evaluation stage of Ensign and TechQuarters working together, we created a Cloud Roadmap document for them, which detailed the proposed technology and a plan for implementation.
The initial piece of work we were engaged to complete was to move Ensign’s email to Office 365 and add Active Directory sync for single sign on. We then built an Azure infrastructure including 5 servers (a Domain Controller, SQL x 2, SharePoint Server and a Development server) and Ensign’s files were moved on to SharePoint. Next we agreed to implement resilient backups with SQL to Azure and implemented a Hyper V virtualized server for reverse backup to their premises and business continuity of login. Finally, we installed a new firewall and provided remote worker VPN access to the office for archive data, finishing off the project with a standardization of the desktops.
Ensign asked TechQuarters to provide an IT support service and training with the 365 Cloud Academy was made available to help all users with their understanding of Office 365 and the new systems. Ensign receive frequent account management meetings and we review their IT strategy on an annual basis, referring to their Cloud Roadmap.
- The work was phased and completed over a few months
- All users work from the cloud
- All users print directly to the printers
- All users have stable desktops and laptops
- Users access shared company data on SharePoint
- Internal IT hardware has been minimised
- Ensign has a full business continuity plan for their IT
- Ensign users can access their required information from any location on any device
What they say
“When we started looking at the options for migrating our IT, it quickly became apparent the Microsoft cloud could offer us a real advantage. Having attended their seminar to hear more about the Microsoft Cloud, we quickly gained confidence in TechQuarters’ ability to deliver a full solution to us, helping us to establish our strategy and providing hardware, software, implementation and support. TechQuarters has become a trusted partner of our business and their team have delivered the support and expertise that we need, when we need it. TechQuarters has helped us to identify the solutions we need to deliver current and future requirements. We enjoy working with TechQuarters and regularly recommend them to others.”
Phil Boyle, Operations Director – Ensign Pensions