If your business is merging, one of the most important factors you will need to consider is how you’re going to migrate your IT systems. Does your business rely on Microsoft Exchange? If so, which one are you going to use? Sometimes it’s easier to set up a completely new active directory. Before you proceed, consult an IT expert, because you could run the risk of losing data and your office could come to a standstill. What’s more, if you’re physically moving your IT systems to another site, it’s essential you fully understand the IT infrastructure you’re moving your systems over to.
ITS Interiors merger with Dean and Amos
When ITS Interiors in Dunstable merged with Dean and Amos, an interior design company based in Northampton, all of the office IT systems and equipment needed to move too. From Dunstable to Northampton, everything had to be transported to a substantially bigger office space. This created a few IT challenges and the chance to set up a new Microsoft Exchange active directory to serve the newly merged business. As always, Simply IT rose to the challenge and put their expertise to the test.
In terms of IT equipment and systems, Simply IT managed the entire move, working alongside cabling specialists. Over the course of one week, we had migrated the entire office with minimal disruption to staff. From 3 people and the admin team, the business now boasts over 40 staff members, all of which are accessing a new, robust IT system.
Remote Desktop and Microsoft Exchange
To ensure ITS Interiors enjoyed a seamless IT experience, during and after the move, Simply IT carried out a series of key steps:
- Set-up of RDP (Remote Desktop) – this option gave the Senior Management Team and the Sales Team the ability to work outside of the main office during the move by means of a remote desktop. To the customer – it was ‘business as usual’.
- Outlook Anywhere (procured and installed) – this system supports the remote desktop, giving the user full functionality, wherever a staff member is working offsite.
- Microsoft Exchange active directory – was set-up, providing the business with a brand new domain server system.
- Laptops – were procured and provided for the new staff and existing laptops were upgraded for the accounts team, keeping them updated on all the latest software and hardware.
- Regular onsite visits (fortnightly) – by a dedicated engineer, who helped to familiarise staff with the new IT systems. Plus, remote support was given 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year.
If you’re a business looking to merge or expand, always check sure your IT systems are ready to migrate – please contact us today to book an IT audit.