Gardening Direct.

62.5% Reduction of annual IT spend.

The Challenge.

SystemLabs were engaged to conduct an in-depth audit of Gardening Direct's existing IT infrastructure, line of business applications and other user requirements. With three sites across the island, legacy network equipment and expensive private circuits this was no small task. All three sites had to be audited and we were tasked with replacing the existing systems with a more cost-effective solution that would save our client money by working closely with management to understand their business objectives.

The Solution.

VPN connectivity into Microsoft Azure

We replaced the existing, expensive private circuits with simple Site to Site VPN's into Microsoft Azure providing the main server functionality. This significantly reduced cost.

Tight timings for office move.

Under tight timelines for a new office move, we carried out the deployment of all the workstations over the course of a weekend to ensure that Gardening Direct staff were able to settle into their new office with their new machines first thing on Monday morning.

Migration of company data

Due to the hard cut-off of a move into the new office on Monday morning, we lined up all key stakeholders in order to facilitate a snapshot of all company data on Friday afternoon. This was then migrated over to the new File servers in Microsoft Azure over the weekend so users had the shared drives they expected ready for Monday morning.

New Active Directory

We created a brand new Active Directory domain in the cloud in order to facilitate all the user authentication, this was linked to Office365 via Azure AD connect ensuring seamless single sign-on for all users whether in the office or on the move.

Three new Networks

We carried out three brand new network builds over three different sites across the Island.

Managed Backups

Our new solution involved managed backups so that user data never get lost.

Managed Endpoint Security

Leveraging our Continuous Remote Security Management Service, our team ensures that all company computers are continuously patched to the latest software versions of both Windows and AntiVirus.

Fully Outsourced IT Department

Our expert Engineers were available on-site throughout the process. Gardening Direct now have a fully Outsourced IT department at a fraction of the cost of actually having one.

Deployment of Microsoft Teams

Deployment of Microsoft teams enables video calling and collaboration between users at different sites improving communication for the whole company. Each user has a direct dial phone number into Microsoft teams with the ability to make traditional calls from Microsoft Teams via both Desktops and from employees phones with the company picking up the bill for all work-related calls.

62.5% reduction in annual IT spend

We successfully reduced the Gardening Direct annual IT spend by a whopping 62.5%. If you would like to reduce your IT costs then contact us today.

Procurement, configuration and deployment of desktops

We procured, configured and deployed 19 brand new Windows 10 desktop machines and laptops for Gardening Direct.

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