Prosperity Advisers Group
When Prosperity needed to refresh their ageing infrastructure, turning to the cloud was the obvious choice.
Re-design and manage an IT system for a growing and diversified financial services company.
Deliver core business applications via the cloud. Provide comprehensive updates, support and maintenance. Move data storage off-site to a secure data centre and provide connectivity between offices.
- Improved system and application performance.
- Scalability and flexibility through cloud computing.
- Disaster recovery and data-loss/business interruption issues neutralised.
“There was a sleep-better-at-night aspect to it too, in knowing that instead of just relying on our internal team, we had a team of experts on call to support our people and business.”Stephen Guthrie, Business Services & Taxation Director, Prosperity Advisers Group
“The original model we had for IT was built around a central hub for one office and could not effectively scale with our business. We’d tack bits on to accommodate the growing number of users and new offices, but it got to the point where it needed to be completely overhauled.”Stephen Guthrie, Business Services & Taxation Director, Prosperity Advisers Group
Moving Prosperity’s core applications away from their premises tackled the downtime issues and dependence on the Newcastle office’s infrastructure that had previously been hurting them.
Their disaster recovery position was also significantly strengthened, with secure storage and backups of their data in Brennan’s data centres. This move means that catastrophe at one of the Prosperity site offices would no longer bring the risk of massive data loss.
The virtualisation of Prosperity’s core business applications, and their delivery via the cloud, ensured that business interruptions due to IT issues were no longer a headache.
“If a piece of hardware blew up, then the fact that it was all virtualised and could be replicated quickly was reassuring,” says Guthrie.
Additionally, the easy scalability of the service made it compatible with Prosperity’s future growth. New sites, users, and accounts are easily incorporated into the existing infrastructure.
One of the most important aspects of the solution was the comfort and security that Managed IT Services brought, according to Guthrie.
“There was a sleep-better-at-night aspect to it too, in knowing that instead of just relying on our internal team, we had a team of experts on call to support our needs,” he says.
The re-design and upgrade will also bring future benefits, as the solution is designed to have the ability to cater to remote devices, which will play a significant role in the growth of the business.
“It’s certainly helped the ability of our team to work remotely,” says Guthrie. “Either from home or client sites.”
It’s this future-proofing aspect of outsourcing IT to specialists that’s proving to be yet another benefit to Prosperity, according to Guthrie.
“I think the days of doing it yourself internally are long gone.”