Barnardos has taken its first steps to
Microsoft’s cloud in a move to drive a Microsoft-centred as-a-service
Working with long-term partner CCL-Revera, New
Zealand’s largest children’s charity has kicked off phase one of a staged
migration that will see the organisation’s 650 users across 65 sites up and
running on productivity and collaboration services from Microsoft Office 365 by
the middle of the year.
Other work currently underway includes the
deployment of Azure identity and access management services, and a reconfiguration
of the organisation’s on-premise Microsoft CRM in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online.
The organisation’s switch to Microsoft cloud
services is the continuation of a strategy to drive down costs and leverage as-a-service
technologies, Barnardos chief technology officer
Jaco van der Lith said.
“Four years ago we outsourced and virtualised our
infrastructure on Revera’s Homeland IaaS platform,” he said. “The move
delivered a sensible format for a technology refresh and consolidation, and paved
the way for public cloud services.”
While Microsoft’s non-profit pricing plans offered
Barnardos a strong incentive to adopt cloud services, a number of the organisation’s
business applications, including financial, payroll, and file sharing systems,
will continue to run on CCL-Revera’s Homeland IaaS platform for the time being.
The role of both local IT partner and in-country
platform services remains a core part of Barnardos’s operation, with the
Spark-owned IT services provider continuing to deliver service desk, support,
and a wide area network.
platform continues to do good work for applications unavailable in Microsoft’s
cloud,” van der Lith said. “There’s no real
financial benefit to change.”
Working with both CCL and Revera prior to their recent merger announcement,
van der Lith described the development as a “good surprise offering
“Revera has a great engineering legacy – they build stuff really well and are supported by
strong technical teams. Combined with CCL’s detailed customer focus, the merger
is a good thing for both organisations – and
from the customer perspective,” he said.
Commenting on the merger, CCL-Revera CEO
Andrew Allan said client feedback confirmed the complementary nature of
the newly-merged businesses.
“Clients place a high value on a broad mix of services and capabilities delivered from a
single engagement and support engine,” he said. “We call it the safe
hands of a custodian.”