Like a lot of educational establishments, as part of a drive to consolidate our ICT we were looking to move to an O365 environment. We were attached to Exeter University’s Active Directory network and we would often have challenges keeping our licensing up to date. We had ageing hardware, open source solutions and were attached to the university’s infrastructure which did not meet our requirements. Our ICT wasn’t fit for purpose and didn’t enable us meet our objectives so it was time to completely consolidate and simplify our ICT and manage our own domain. We required a completely new Active Directory forest that would also connect to Office365.
In addition to the ICT challenges we also had resource challenges. Being a very small team with a lot to achieve, we knew we needed a solution that was manageable and that would stop us having to firefight– allowing us to be more proactive and less reactive. Cost of course was a factor, like any other businesses in the sector we have tight budgetary constraints and are always pushed to do things more cost effectively, more sustainably and more efficiently.
“We will have saved a predicted 86% over three years by outsourcing our IT solutions. We will realise these savings in the costs of software, hardware, staffing provision and the associated costs we would have faced with back up and disaster recovery considerations.”