Case-study-CPD

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and has developed into the leading independent accreditation organisation that operates across all sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development polices of professional and academic institutions as well as their members and other stakeholders.

The Background

As a business, The CPD Certification Service’s approach to IT was out-dated; as it was not considered a critical business enabler and was starting to act as a brake on the organisation’s strategy. Operationally it caused disjointed and time consuming business processes, where staff were unable to share calendars and data was being duplicated. The Directors knew that in order to accelerate growth they had to restructure their IT to allow their staff to work more productively, increase efficiency and bring the IT in line with the organisation’s strategy.

The Challenge

The CPD Certification Service had many goals they wanted to achieve with their IT, but wanted to keep spend at a minimum. They required an IT Infrastructure that vastly improved and streamlined the efficiency of internal processes, supporting the staff and allowing them to share data and collaborate with ease. Security was a top priority, as well as putting in place a comprehensive disaster recover and back-up system. Following a consultation with a Your Cloud Works expert, they decided that the Cloud solution best met the current and future needs of the business.

The Project

As the business’s chosen Cloud Service Provider (CSP), we managed the entire overhaul of The CPD Certification Service’s IT infrastructure, and migrated it to the Cloud, in a project that included their data, email, and third party applications. We moved the business away from Office 365 and onto our own Exchange cluster; thus eliminating the third party providers and streamlining the solution. We simplified their network to achieve top class performance and standardised the Office configuration, allowing all users to access their desktop from any device, at anytime, as well as providing the flexibility and mobility they needed to grow. As well as the technical and managerial aspects of moving

them into the Cloud, we also assisted in the simplification of the internal processes, greatly increasing efficiency and productivity. We continue to consult with The CPD Certification Service on further aspects of their business strategy, including the introduction of a CRM system and other marketing tools.

The Outcome

Following the adoption of a Your Cloud Works Cloud solution, and a seamless transition, The CPD Certification Service have reaped the benefits of having an IT Infrastructure that supports the business and provides high availability, mobility, and security. The staff can communicate and collaborate effortlessly and the Directors enjoy feeling safe in the knowledge that their IT infrastructure is in the hands of a CIF Certified CSP. Being Cloud-based means that the business will be able to roll out a CRM system, as planned, with ease, but, above all, the business now has the tools to grow, from a UK centric organisation, creating a global market.

Once we had agreed to upgrade our IT infrastructure the next challenge was to find a supplier who had a blend of expertise, customer service and a pragmatic approach to delivering value for money. It was a revelation to meet and talk to Tony Capewell of Your Cloud Works, who not only ticked all those key boxes but also gave us a great feeling of confidence in the people at Your Cloud Works; all of whom have been trained to the exceptional standard demanded by The Cloud Industry Forum. The transition from old ways and suppliers was seamless and Daniel Sufrin, who acted as the project manger was superb. Our security is now higher, our data easily accessed, and above all we can collaborate and share important matters easily. Overall Your Cloud Works has helped us build a vital component for our future growth.

 –  Graeme Savage (Managing Director)

Business-File-Case-Study

Established in 1980 as publishers of business directories, Mitre quickly became a leading provider of Business to Business information. The natural expansion from their Milton Keynes base saw the coverage extend throughout Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire through their unique range of publications under the title of ‘The Business File’ and in the last decade through the online presence at www.thebusinessfile.co.uk.

The Background

Mitre Publications were operating from a single office location. As the dynamic of their business changed so did their requirement for a fixed office location. The decision was made to close the office and provide all members of staff with a hosted desktop solution providing true flexibility and mobility while enabling them to share all their data and applications.

The Challenge

Due to their specific requirements, Mitre Publications decided to seek some professional assistance in order to compile a bespoke Cloud solution, delivering on every element. One of our Cloud specialists took time to really understand the requirements that Mitre Publications had, a solution was proposed to allow the entire business to operate with complete mobility, providing staff access to all data and applications, whenever they required them. Our fully-hosted Enterprise Cloud offering ticked all of Mitre Publications’ boxes, and after a consultation and 1-on-1 demo they decided that it was the right solution for them. Mitre Publications also wanted the ability to have an enterprise level phone system still in operation when they moved to the Cloud.

The Project

Moving Mitre Publications to the Cloud meant that we had to migrate the entire business from a physical on-premise environment to a completely hosted-desktop environment including VoIP telephone

system, with each employee operating from a separate location. As their chosen Cloud Service Provider, we ensured that the business understood the process and took them through it step-by-step, as well as explaining to each staff member how to get the most out of the service.

The Outcome

Following the seamless transition from a physical on-premise environment to being completely Cloud-based, Mitre Publications was able to move from a single Head Office to multiple home locations effortlessly. Since then, they have benefited from the flexibility and mobility the Cloud provides, and have noticed improvements in productivity and efficiency. As well as the great savings a Cloud solution has offered, the business has immensely furthered their savings by eradicating the need for an office, thus greatly reducing their overheads.

The systems and practices employed at Mitre were well established and, to a certain extent, the project was as much about ‘managing change’ as it was embracing new technologies. The result (with only a modicum of kicking and screaming), has proven to be a huge success with the specialist, database, graphic design and publishing packages running precisely as promised. We can highly recommend Your Cloud Works to any company looking for integrated Cloud, VoIP and IT solutions.

 –  Peter Fowler (Mitre Publications Ltd)

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Cornerstone Trading (MK) Ltd (Church of Christ the Cornerstone) is responsible for maintaining the fabric of the Church building and for generating an income stream to pay for this maintenance. The iconic structure has recently been refurbished to provide a full range of first class meeting areas that offer a professional service at very competitive rates. They also offer packages that include catering and state of the art audio visual equipment with wireless internet throughout.

The Background

Cornerstone Trading’s IT infrastructure was struggling to cope with the increasing demands of the business; it was in need of a complete overhaul. Nor did the current technology offer the staff the mobility and flexibility they needed to perform their roles productively. The business needed a solution that not only provided them with the technology of today but a solution that was cost effective.

The Challenge

With the lingering worries and intermittent issues of an out-of-date IT infrastructure, and a lack of up-front capital, Cornerstone Trading was at a loss. They turned to us, Your Cloud Works, for expert advice on what options were available to them. We took time to really understand the Cornerstone Trading’s business structure, requirements, and challenges that it was facing. From there, our technologist was able to perform a specification and cost analysis, comparing a traditional on-premise solution with our Cloud solution. The Cloud solution came out on top; this was because of the flexibility, functionality and financial benefits it presented, over a 6 year period, as well as significantly reducing the requirement of up-front capital.

The Project

The agreed proposal was a fully hosted desktop solution, meaning that Cornerstone Trading would be completely Cloud based. The migration

of all their data and Exchange was fully managed by us, resulting in a seamless transition. Before the move was initiated, we also managed the process of informing each user of the migration plans and explained how to get the most of all the benefits our Cloud solution offered, namely the mobility and flexibility that applied to them. Post migration, we ensured that each user had their mobile, tablet, and desktop configured, allowing them to get the best out of the Cloud service and Exchange email.

The Outcome

Since moving to our Cloud solution, Cornerstone Trading has benefited from our guaranteed 99.9% uptime assurances and has noticed a significant improvement in productivity and general staff moral. Here is what Simon Lowson (Cornerstone Trading (MK) Ltd) has to say…

So far the cloud has been a fantastic move for us as we are all able get on with our work from anywhere, great for when the sun is shining! What surprised me was the speed and ease it takes to log on and get what we need from our systems, especially when doing the dreaded presentations. For the mobile generation this has to be the way to go. Any hiccups we have had the guys have been quick to sort and put right.

I would wholeheartedly endorse the cloud solution, Tony and the Your Cloud Works team.


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The CPD Certification Service

Case-study-CPD

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and has developed into the leading independent accreditation organisation that operates across all sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development polices of professional and academic institutions as well as their members and other stakeholders.

The Background

As a business, The CPD Certification Service’s approach to IT was out-dated; as it was not considered a critical business enabler and was starting to act as a brake on the organisation’s strategy. Operationally it caused disjointed and time consuming business processes, where staff were unable to share calendars and data was being duplicated. The Directors knew that in order to accelerate growth they had to restructure their IT to allow their staff to work more productively, increase efficiency and bring the IT in line with the organisation’s strategy.

The Challenge

The CPD Certification Service had many goals they wanted to achieve with their IT, but wanted to keep spend at a minimum. They required an IT Infrastructure that vastly improved and streamlined the efficiency of internal processes, supporting the staff and allowing them to share data and collaborate with ease. Security was a top priority, as well as putting in place a comprehensive disaster recover and back-up system. Following a consultation with a Your Cloud Works expert, they decided that the Cloud solution best met the current and future needs of the business.

The Project

As the business’s chosen Cloud Service Provider (CSP), we managed the entire overhaul of The CPD Certification Service’s IT infrastructure, and migrated it to the Cloud, in a project that included their data, email, and third party applications. We moved the business away from Office 365 and onto our own Exchange cluster; thus eliminating the third party providers and streamlining the solution. We simplified their network to achieve top class performance and standardised the Office configuration, allowing all users to access their desktop from any device, at anytime, as well as providing the flexibility and mobility they needed to grow. As well as the technical and managerial aspects of moving

them into the Cloud, we also assisted in the simplification of the internal processes, greatly increasing efficiency and productivity. We continue to consult with The CPD Certification Service on further aspects of their business strategy, including the introduction of a CRM system and other marketing tools.

The Outcome

Following the adoption of a Your Cloud Works Cloud solution, and a seamless transition, The CPD Certification Service have reaped the benefits of having an IT Infrastructure that supports the business and provides high availability, mobility, and security. The staff can communicate and collaborate effortlessly and the Directors enjoy feeling safe in the knowledge that their IT infrastructure is in the hands of a CIF Certified CSP. Being Cloud-based means that the business will be able to roll out a CRM system, as planned, with ease, but, above all, the business now has the tools to grow, from a UK centric organisation, creating a global market.

Once we had agreed to upgrade our IT infrastructure the next challenge was to find a supplier who had a blend of expertise, customer service and a pragmatic approach to delivering value for money. It was a revelation to meet and talk to Tony Capewell of Your Cloud Works, who not only ticked all those key boxes but also gave us a great feeling of confidence in the people at Your Cloud Works; all of whom have been trained to the exceptional standard demanded by The Cloud Industry Forum. The transition from old ways and suppliers was seamless and Daniel Sufrin, who acted as the project manger was superb. Our security is now higher, our data easily accessed, and above all we can collaborate and share important matters easily. Overall Your Cloud Works has helped us build a vital component for our future growth.

 –  Graeme Savage (Managing Director)


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The Business File

Business-File-Case-Study

Established in 1980 as publishers of business directories, Mitre quickly became a leading provider of Business to Business information. The natural expansion from their Milton Keynes base saw the coverage extend throughout Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire through their unique range of publications under the title of ‘The Business File’ and in the last decade through the online presence at www.thebusinessfile.co.uk.

The Background

Mitre Publications were operating from a single office location. As the dynamic of their business changed so did their requirement for a fixed office location. The decision was made to close the office and provide all members of staff with a hosted desktop solution providing true flexibility and mobility while enabling them to share all their data and applications.

The Challenge

Due to their specific requirements, Mitre Publications decided to seek some professional assistance in order to compile a bespoke Cloud solution, delivering on every element. One of our Cloud specialists took time to really understand the requirements that Mitre Publications had, a solution was proposed to allow the entire business to operate with complete mobility, providing staff access to all data and applications, whenever they required them. Our fully-hosted Enterprise Cloud offering ticked all of Mitre Publications’ boxes, and after a consultation and 1-on-1 demo they decided that it was the right solution for them. Mitre Publications also wanted the ability to have an enterprise level phone system still in operation when they moved to the Cloud.

The Project

Moving Mitre Publications to the Cloud meant that we had to migrate the entire business from a physical on-premise environment to a completely hosted-desktop environment including VoIP telephone

system, with each employee operating from a separate location. As their chosen Cloud Service Provider, we ensured that the business understood the process and took them through it step-by-step, as well as explaining to each staff member how to get the most out of the service.

The Outcome

Following the seamless transition from a physical on-premise environment to being completely Cloud-based, Mitre Publications was able to move from a single Head Office to multiple home locations effortlessly. Since then, they have benefited from the flexibility and mobility the Cloud provides, and have noticed improvements in productivity and efficiency. As well as the great savings a Cloud solution has offered, the business has immensely furthered their savings by eradicating the need for an office, thus greatly reducing their overheads.

The systems and practices employed at Mitre were well established and, to a certain extent, the project was as much about ‘managing change’ as it was embracing new technologies. The result (with only a modicum of kicking and screaming), has proven to be a huge success with the specialist, database, graphic design and publishing packages running precisely as promised. We can highly recommend Your Cloud Works to any company looking for integrated Cloud, VoIP and IT solutions.

 –  Peter Fowler (Mitre Publications Ltd)


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Cornerstone Trading (MK) Ltd

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Cornerstone Trading (MK) Ltd (Church of Christ the Cornerstone) is responsible for maintaining the fabric of the Church building and for generating an income stream to pay for this maintenance. The iconic structure has recently been refurbished to provide a full range of first class meeting areas that offer a professional service at very competitive rates. They also offer packages that include catering and state of the art audio visual equipment with wireless internet throughout.

The Background

Cornerstone Trading’s IT infrastructure was struggling to cope with the increasing demands of the business; it was in need of a complete overhaul. Nor did the current technology offer the staff the mobility and flexibility they needed to perform their roles productively. The business needed a solution that not only provided them with the technology of today but a solution that was cost effective.

The Challenge

With the lingering worries and intermittent issues of an out-of-date IT infrastructure, and a lack of up-front capital, Cornerstone Trading was at a loss. They turned to us, Your Cloud Works, for expert advice on what options were available to them. We took time to really understand the Cornerstone Trading’s business structure, requirements, and challenges that it was facing. From there, our technologist was able to perform a specification and cost analysis, comparing a traditional on-premise solution with our Cloud solution. The Cloud solution came out on top; this was because of the flexibility, functionality and financial benefits it presented, over a 6 year period, as well as significantly reducing the requirement of up-front capital.

The Project

The agreed proposal was a fully hosted desktop solution, meaning that Cornerstone Trading would be completely Cloud based. The migration

of all their data and Exchange was fully managed by us, resulting in a seamless transition. Before the move was initiated, we also managed the process of informing each user of the migration plans and explained how to get the most of all the benefits our Cloud solution offered, namely the mobility and flexibility that applied to them. Post migration, we ensured that each user had their mobile, tablet, and desktop configured, allowing them to get the best out of the Cloud service and Exchange email.

The Outcome

Since moving to our Cloud solution, Cornerstone Trading has benefited from our guaranteed 99.9% uptime assurances and has noticed a significant improvement in productivity and general staff moral. Here is what Simon Lowson (Cornerstone Trading (MK) Ltd) has to say…

So far the cloud has been a fantastic move for us as we are all able get on with our work from anywhere, great for when the sun is shining! What surprised me was the speed and ease it takes to log on and get what we need from our systems, especially when doing the dreaded presentations. For the mobile generation this has to be the way to go. Any hiccups we have had the guys have been quick to sort and put right.

I would wholeheartedly endorse the cloud solution, Tony and the Your Cloud Works team.