What we did
As a Microsoft partner GMA had been working with Chris at The Big Blue Box, (BBB) for a number of years with an SBS solution otherwise known as Small Business Server. This consisted of a physical server onsite at the BBB offices where all the staff would log on to the network from their PC’s and access their emails and files from the server that way. Inevitably, as the hardware was reaching end of warranty and the software was reaching end of life Chris had a decision to make. Does he look to extend the warranty on the server and the PC’s or does he invest in a whole new infrastructure.
Having supported Chris and his business for many years GMA were able to advise, design and implement a cloud solution for The Big Blue Box (BBB.) GMA advised that a migration to the cloud with Office 365 would provide Chris with the best solution to his business and enable him to enjoy the benefits of cloud technology that small business can. As a result of the move to the cloud, GMA was particularly looking for the following objectives:
- To deliver a seamless migration without any degradation in service levels to staff
- To show immediate improvements such as, working from anywhere, mailbox storage levels and overall improved collaboration
“This technology is perfect for my business, I don’t have to worry about a huge outlay because I can pay monthly, I don’t have to worry about upgrading the software that’s just part of the package…..all I need is an internet connection and a device to work on and I can work from anywhere. Each of the Office 365 subscription licenses covers me for up to 5 devices this means you may have a PC at home, an iPhone and an iPad, but only have to purchase one subscription to cover them all. Its perfect for small business owners who are finding themselves in the same situation, and more and more are…”