Working Together

  • Introduction

    Working Together In Business Whilst Being Apart

    Working together in business produces enormous benefits but with the help of IT technology it's far easier to work together whilst being apart. What do I mean by this, well if there is one thing the businesses found out from Covid-19 is that staff working from home when more productive especially if they could work with other members of staff on projects.

    Staff were able to adapt quickly to new ways of working which has surprised a lot of business owners but given the right tools they were able to change how they worked and interacted with colleagues.

    Introduction
  • The benefits

    Working Remotely Benefited By Working Together

    Working from home has proven to have a great deal of benefits to businesses including:

    • Better Work-Life Balance
    • Less Commute Stress
    • Location Independence
    • Improved Inclusivity
    • Money Savings for Employees and Employers
    • Positive Environmental Impact

    By ensuring your team can still work together easily and facilitate collaboration your business maximise the benefits of working remotely and ensuring optimum productivity and allowing your team to stay connected both in their working relationships as well as keeping projects on track.

  • Our approach

    Working Together In Business to Support The New Normal

    The Silver Cloud Business has helped an awful lot of businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and throughout the UK change the ways in which they worked at the start of lockdown. We helped a lot of businesses move to Microsoft 365 which gave their staff additional collaboration tools to help them work and collaborate. Businesses saw a significant increase in productivity by making this change and staff found easier ways of collaborating with each other by using the tools that were on offer.

Featured Case Study

  • Sector / Charity

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

    Introduction 

    Our Client 

    The Trussell Trust is a leading anti-poverty charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks. Together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign for change to create a hunger free future where food banks are no longer needed. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network, roughly two thirds of all the food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust supports these food banks to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food parcels to people in crisis who have been referred to them by advice agencies, GPs, schools, and others. Food banks also offer people support and guidance to help them resolve the crises they are facing.

    The Problem

    Inconsistent software across workstations and laptops, outdated servers and a need for a more flexible working environment

    The Trussell Trust was running a fully supported version of Windows server in a hypervisor environment with VM’s running Active Directory and Exchange 2010 and file shares.

    Workstations and laptops were running a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Office 2010. A 2008 R2 terminal server was being used for remote access and was due to go out of support with Microsoft.

    The organisation wanted to get all IT systems, workstations, and laptops running supported software and the latest Microsoft Office applications.

    They also wanted to get away from the old version of Microsoft Exchange and move their files to the cloud and migrate into SharePoint to become less reliant on on-premise servers and remove the 2008 R2 Terminal server.

    The Solution

    Utilising the full suite of Microsoft Office tools to ensure consistency and efficiency 

    • A new Microsoft 365 tenant was created using the not-for-profit portal. AD Sync tool was installed into their on-prem environment and their Active directory was synced up with M365 in full hybrid mode.
    • Once all machines were upgraded, the email hosting on Exchange 2010 was migrated using the cutover migration process to cloud-based Exchange online. This was done with no email downtime for the users.
    • Once the mail was all cut over, the Exchange 2010 server was de-commissioned and switched off.
    • As soon as the Trussell Trust was able to proceed with the migration of files to SharePoint, this was done using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool in a staged manner to avoid users not being able to access file shares.
    • Once each share was migrated it was made read-only on the on-premises systems for reference purposes only and to ensure continuity of data.
    • Microsoft Teams was also deployed during this stage to make every user experience much easier and more flexible.
    • The only exception to the SharePoint Migration was the Accounts files that were required to stay on-premises due to the accounting package in use. However, we were able to utilise the Direct Access system that was deployed earlier in the project to assist with remote access to this.

    The Outcome

    Fully supported and up-to-date in a Hybrid cloud environment

    The finished project meant that the organisation is now running its IT systems on fully supported software and operating systems, with the latest office applications in a Hybrid cloud environment. Staff are able to work much more efficiently moving forward with flexible working, with the majority of their systems fully cloud-based.

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

The Silver Cloud Business Can Help Transform How Your Business Operates and Collaborates.

Contact us today for more information or advice about Working Together and how it can help benefit your business.