Unlocking borders with the cloud

the challenge

With the growing complexity of Playfair’s immigration business operations, the firm’s IT infrastructure, based on Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2011, was struggling to support its staff members that worked closely with both Federal Government departments and Customers.

This meant that Playfair’s key IT priorities involved improving customer information and communication – as well as stabilising and improving its core business systems. The firm wanted to de-risk its IT environment and create a new, flexible, platform to enable more structured information management, across its offices. Playfair also wanted to cater for future increases in scale, rationalise licensing fees and reduce overall, on-premises IT costs.

the solution

An IT change management strategy was delivered by bluesource, that guided Playfair on the best solution for its needs. bluesource’s recommended solution was Office 365. By choosing this solution Playfair would be able to provide employees with the flexibility they were demanding whilst also ensuring a secure infrastructure for the business – without the burden of management, upgrades and support. bluesource also updated Playfair’s existing, on-premises, server infrastructure to Windows 2012 and re-configured its existing server to handle its Papua New Guinea operations.

bluesource managed the design and migration of Playfair’s systems and data to Office 365’s Exchange on-line, along with moving public folders to a shared mailbox solution for emails, and enabling Active Directory integration for single sign on. The Office 365 solution consisted of Microsoft Exchange 2013, SharePoint, Skype and Yammer – all configured to Playfair’s requirements. bluesource planned and delivered all aspects of the migration process – ensuring that there was no operational downtime, that the information was protected and maintained an unbroken chain-of-custody. bluesource also provided a thorough training and user adoption programme for Playfair’s staff.

Our new cloud environment is proving highly cost effective, flexible and secure - helping our staff to better manage information and effectively collaborate.

Shanil Nanayakkara,

Practice Manager

the results

The robust Office 365 platform supports Playfair’s growth, delivers scalability, flexibility, operational continuity and best-practice 24/7 support.

Playfair’s new, high performance, secure, and stable IT environment is reducing its overall IT ownership, management and support costs

The firm’s new and robust IT environment, offering anywhere, any device access, will help deliver greater inter-office productivity as finding and sharing information across the business, will be much easier, faster and more efficient. This will also help drive optimal customer service, the transition for Playfair’s staff has been swift and painless – due to bluesource’s user adoption programme and the familiarity of Microsoft’s office suite.

“bluesource’s combination of technical competence and thorough understanding of client needs, makes them an excellent, highly reliable, implementation and support partner”

Shanil Nanayakkara

Practice Manager