The challenges we help with
You have a complex mix of applications, infrastructure and platforms
This mixed bag can limit the potential of your cloud all while increasing risks. We’ll assess how different applications and workloads interact. So we can find you the right blend of platforms to give you the best performance, costs, integration, security and management. We’ll find the right cloud for the right workload.
Cloud transformation / optimisation feels complex and you don’t know where to start
We simplify complexity with a methodical approach to the four key components of any transformation project – technology, investments, people and process change. This gives your business a clear view of the bigger picture and leads to the right decisions for both your business and your people.
Your senior stakeholders don’t quite understand the need for change yet
Being able to demonstrate to senior internal stakeholders both the monetary and business value (of what can be a substantial investment) is a crucial part of any change plan. By combining technical expertise with a deep understanding of internal business dynamics and motivations, we can help to develop or even deliver the business case to get the project started on a positive footing.
Cloud strategy and advisory - we’ll give you a competitive edge
Keeping pace with the rapid growth of cloud technology can be a challenge for any organisation.
Our IT and cloud consulting services are here to help you right from the get-go in developing your cloud strategy, implementation and ongoing advisory services through our experienced architects and cloud consultants. They have a laser like focus on user experience, reducing complexity, and creating a clear business case.
We’ll help you transform your platforms, and deliver your services in a flexible, affordable, and secure way. We’ll look into the pressure points and tackle your business needs face on to offer you a custom solution.
We know that keeping the wider business up to date and fully bought into transformation projects can be a challenge. So our advisory team will support you with documentation that’s relevant to the stakeholders in your business. We’ll make sure everyone understands the technology transformation being undertaken (and the value it will bring) every step of the way.
With us, you have the safety net of a dedicated and experienced team to help you take full advantage of your cloud technology throughout its lifecycle
Our clearly defined process
We’ve developed a clear process over the years to make sure we deliver a smooth, comprehensive strategy, backed up with appropriate cost modelling and roadmaps. The reason for this is simple. We want our customers to experience the best of the cloud, and reap the rewards of a more modern, cost-effective, productivity-boosting technology estate.
Our step-by-step process works in these three chunks:
There are lots of moving parts, including:
- technical workshops
- document current state
- agree outputs.
Our experts get underneath your business to:
- understand discovery data
- review architecture options
- map future requirements and use cases
- understand planned spend.
At this stage you’ll get:
- excel spreadsheets – showing all application data, and another showing all your server data
- a written document laying out the complete report and strategy
- a project roadmap over the next 2-3 years
- a PowerPoint presentation summarising findings and recommendations
- a presentation of our findings and recommendations, with an opportunity to pick our brains (Q&A).
What ongoing advisory services can we provide?
We offer an advisory based support model (cloud consulting as a service) designed for the age of cloud computing. With consulting as a service, we can provide a cost effective, flexible and welcome extension to your own IT team and your managed support contract – with access to remote assistance whenever you need it.
Consulting as a service is fully integrated for the modern business. We’ll provide expert support through Microsoft Teams, to help you deal with the uncertainties of delivering change and ever-increasing platform functionality once an IT project has finished.
Consulting as a service is all about supporting and enhancing the relationship we have with you, either as a continuation at the end of a project, or as a stand-alone engagement. Giving you the advice and support you need, as and when you need it. The service can be bundled in a number of different ways:
– annual allowance with monthly billing
– service credit scheme enables granular level utilisation
– access for nominated members of your team
– top-up model to meet changing requirements
– options to deliver remotely and/or on site
– backfill of resources to cover staff holidays or absence.
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What we can advise you on
Our IT advisory services can mix any of these services to help with your business transformation:
Hybrid cloud – a combination of Public and Private clouds. We can support you with Azure architecture, existing data centre infrastructure, compute, storage, backup and recovery, security, applications, networking, management, operations.
Upgrades – if you need help with patching and new releases, ask us.
Collaboration and productivity – we’re dab hands with Microsoft 365 applications and services.
Desktop support – we can help you with Windows 10/11, Azure Virtual Desktops and all associated Microsoft software technologies (excluding device and application support).
Identity and Access Management – ask us about Active Directory, Azure AD, AD Federation Services, Multi-Factor Authentication, Conditional Access, Data Loss Prevention, Azure Information Protection.
Management – we know all about Intune, Autopilot, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Enterprise Mobility & Security, Desktop Analytics, Azure Monitoring and Log Analytics, reporting, tuning, upgrades and monitoring .
Platform as a Service – we can support, guide and help you implement platform as a service.
Security and connectivity – we cover industry standard vendors such as Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, Barracuda, LAN, WAN, SD-WAN, proxy, firewalls.
Consumption – this includes supporting you with cost management, licence management and guidance.
Operational guidance – we’ll give you strategic advice about new releases as they happen and can review them for you.
Change – we can walk you through business change and to understand its impact on your IT infrastructure.
Roadmaps and design workshops – pick from technical product roadmaps, strategy, new features, design workshops and reviews, technology options and recommendations.
Service – we can support you with automation and runbooks.